Ukraine, international law and the security of small states

Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Aiiarovna Dzhaparova speaking during the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 3, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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In the ancient world, there was no such thing as the rule of law. It was a world in which might was right. Small countries had no choice but to live under the mercy of bigger and more powerful countries.

There is a famous saying, in ancient Greece, that "the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must". In Chinese literature, we find a similar view about the fate of small countries. The ancient Chinese said that "small countries have no foreign policy".

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