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What is the Austrian/Swiss rationale for maintaining weapons supply neutrality amidst Russian invasion?

So what is the rationale for maintaining this policy? Doesn't it have any internal opposition to being hypocritical? Of course it has opposition - both Austria and Switzerland are democracies, after ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

The Ten Commandments override the Haugue and Geneva conventions in importance. The commandment: “you shall not kill” means that we shouldn’t kill. Except maybe in a situation of critical self defence. ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

Surprisingly, yes, it is now fair game. In accordance with the standard set in 1952 Commentary on the Geneva Conventions, the convention (explained in the commentary by law.cornell.edu) only applies ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

The nearest case is perhaps the 1999 Kosovo war, where NATO bombed many targets in Serbia to compel a Serb surrender. NATO attacked many "dual use" targets, including according to Wikipedia, ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

The Geneva conventions do not give Ukraine the right to retaliate in kind if Russia has indeed breached the conventions (see Are power plants legitimate military targets under international law?). ...
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What effects can the nuclear attack on a non-nuclear country have on the deterrence and nonproliferation?

Here is the USA thinkings about what to do if Russia uses nuclear weapon in Ukraine (source): we would respond by leading a Nato – a collective – effort that would take out every Russian conventional ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

A pure countervalue strategy is not acceptable under international law. I'm not aware of any exception which allows war crimes in retaliation for other war crimes, or because the perpetrator is in a ...
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What effects can the nuclear attack on a non-nuclear country have on the deterrence and nonproliferation?

You're confusing MAD, deterrence and non-proliferation and the ban of weapons testing. Like first of all using nukes is incredibly stupid to begin with. Look at the spread of Chernobyl over even ...
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What is the Austrian/Swiss rationale for maintaining weapons supply neutrality amidst Russian invasion?

Switzerland has a long tradition with a relatively strict interpretation of neutrality. The international community benefits from having Switzerland as a potential meeting place, with offices in ...
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What is the Austrian/Swiss rationale for maintaining weapons supply neutrality amidst Russian invasion?

Neutrality is not an on/off switch: there can be various grades/shades of grey of it. Condemning Russia is not inconsistent with not helping to fight it. Compare it with an ordinary citizen having ...
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Why didn't the US and allies supply Ukraine with air defense systems before the October strikes?

The question is both interesting and somewhat incorrect in its assumptions. Why didn't? Oh, but they did. Ukraine got a very sizable proportion of NATO's stock of MANPADS (Stingers) for example. ...
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Why didn't the US and allies supply Ukraine with air defense systems before the October strikes?

I think you are framing this wrong. This is not a discrete nothing before and something after but rather along a continuum. Some equipment like the Gepard AA tank has already been sent beforehand, ...
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Why didn't the US and allies supply Ukraine with air defense systems before the October strikes?

The likely reasons are listed here for instance and are: fear of provoking Russia, worries the technology could fall into Russian hands, doubts Ukraine could operate the systems. Those calculations ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

It is frequently beneficial to make the strict separation between ethnic Russians and Russian federation as a country. This allows to avoid the ethnic clashes and have personal friends, co-workers ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

For psychological reasons that have historic basis. The Communist regime headquartered in the same geography referred to itself as the Soviet Union so that member states, territories, autonomous ...
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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

The missile had been taken from Russia to rebel-held Ukraine in the morning when the plane was shot down, and the launcher was taken back to Russia the next day (source, BBC). This can be confirmed by ...
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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

Accountable. On November 17, 2022, a Dutch court found three men guilty of the murder of 298 people on board flight MH17, which was shot down by a Russian surface-to-air missile when it was flying ...
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Why does Ukraine hurry to reject the possibility of the rocket missile that hit Poland being part of its air defense missile strikes?

This air defense rocket could belong to Ukraine but not necessarily. Belarus is near enough. It still can be a provocation, even if with exactly the same narrative (defense rocket hit other country by ...
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Why does Ukraine hurry to reject the possibility of the rocket missile that hit Poland being part of its air defense missile strikes?

The world is functioning in what is sometimes dubbed the 24-hour news cycle. What is on the headlines today will be old news tomorrow. Being at war, Ukraine seems to feel the need to get their ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

It's simply emphasizing the status of the state. It's an emphasis on that Russia is a united state of regions. It indicates that multi-nationality and democracy are spelled out in the constitution.
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

Other answers have correctly stated that in Russia's constitution terms "Russia" and "Russian Federation" are interchangeable. However, as I see it, the former is fuzzy and may ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

This is purely an opinion, not fact-based. But I think perhaps aside from what others already mentioned (basically, trying to sound more formal), they are trying to subtly support the idea that Russia ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

I think most answers overcomplicate things, partly by drawing parallels with other names which are not entirely correct. In the end, even in the official parlance, it's a linguistic issue. To get the ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

Because the Russian Ethnicity is not the same as the Russian Federation In the Medieval period, Eastern Europe's dominant demographic were the Rus, and the region was called Ruthenia. It is from this ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

Likely the term "The Russian Federation" is used to distinguish the Political Entity of the Nation of Russia from the people of Russia and more importantly, the people who are Russian ...
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What would it take to require Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine?

Traditionally, payment of reparations was regulated in treaty ending a war. Russia is unlikely to sign any soon, unless Putin dies in some highly unfortunate accident. (A few oligarchs died this way ...
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What would it take to require Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine?

In November 14, 2022, The United Nations General Assembly called for Russia to be held accountable (UN, Reuters, BBC) for its conduct in Ukraine. The resolution, supported by 94 of the assembly's 193 ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

Think of the United Kingdom. It's official name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. "United Kingdom" and "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland&...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

The other answer has attracted a lot of downvotes despite being essentially correct. I attribute that to its use of an analogy with the United Kingdom and England that distracts unnecessarily from ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

It's the name of the country. It's like the difference between "England" and "United Kingdom." There is no such country as "England." But there is a succession of ...
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Has Macron explained which outcomes/situations he thinks (or perhaps was even let on by Putin) would be "humiliating" for Russia?

From the EuroNews source it is seen that the French president also said that it is important to "never give in to the temptation either of humiliation or of a spirit of revenge". He referred ...
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Does the US government consider a prolonged war in Ukraine as a geopolitical advantage for the US against Russia?

That USA definitely does not "consider geopolitical advantage" is to allow Russia winning this war. But how much it is useful to continue exactly the war without end, another question. USA ...
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Does the US government consider a prolonged war in Ukraine as a geopolitical advantage for the US against Russia?

There is one major direct risk for the US from a long war in Russia (here we neglect indirect risks like increased carbon emissions). That risk is that the current consensus to prosecute the war might ...
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Are there any clues as to how China's leadership thinks about Russia's invasion of Ukraine as it relates to Taiwan?

Can't believe no one took a stab at this 8 months later! Here's my view. I do not believe the Ukraine invasion has in any ways changed the mind of CCP leadership regarding the reunification of Taiwan, ...
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