Russian diplomats often bring attention to the "West" often using double standards in the political evaluation of conflict.
As an example Crimea:
- The 1974 Comorian independence referendum where held in the Comoros on 22 December 1974.
- Even though the overall result was a strong "yes" vote (for independence from France), with 94.57% of voters voting for independence, following the referendum, the country declared independence on 6 July 1975
- However France retained the island of Mayotte under French control (arguing that local population voted to remain in France).
So, mainly, if Paris didn't respect the sovereignty of the Comoros state as a whole, why should it give lessons to Moscow on the Crimea versus Kiev.
Similarly, they argue the US armed interventions:
- (far away from the US territory) in the Middle East / Asia countries intervention brought poverty, death and destruction
- Then they call out Russia as doing the same
- This time its happening at the Russian border only 600 km (or 400 miles) away from the Russian capital.
Can we find examples of those standards being enforced on other nations, or is this unique to russia and the middle east?