What Rasmussen is really saying

I have convened the North Atlantic Council today because of Russia’s military action in Ukraine. And because of President Putin’s threats against this sovereign nation. Sovereignty is the most important principle of the UN. The only principle all UN members agreed on, really. They also agreed that if a country violates this holy principle military intervention is desirable. This sentence already warns Putin not to cross the line.

What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter. A clarification of the above. The UN is the ultimate authority, the one and only (limited) authority when it comes to global peace and conflict. Also note the irony. Putin loves to refer to the UN and more specifically the principle of sovereignty. Think of Syria. Russia also enjoys being in the “driver seat” of the UN a.k.a. the Security Council. So the focus on the UN is clearly a smart way to deal with this. Getting them at their own game.