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What are aggressor states? – Clarification & examples

What are aggressor states? - Enlightenment &amp ; Examples

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Aggressor states are states that carry out attacks in other countries, appropriate the resources available there, and establish another political system for themselves brings benefits or perform other exploitative actions.

It is characteristic of aggressor states that they do not adhere to any international agreements and therefore act completely unpredictably. Their own interests legitimize their penetration into other national territories and military actions there. To justify the military actions, they have a pretext ready that has nothing to do with the actual interest.

Russia as an example of an aggressor state

The behavior of an aggressor state can be explained using the example of Russia, which expanded its territory in 2014 with its military invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Crimea has belonged to Ukraine since 1991. However, the vast majority of the inhabitants of the Ukrainian peninsula are of Russian descent and the population of Crimea declared in a referendum that they wanted to belong to Russia with a majority of votes.

An alliance with the EU or with Russia would have meant financial support for Ukraine. For Russia, a union with Ukraine would have been a counterpoint to the economically strong EU. Ukraine's accession to the EU would also have resulted in economic advantages for the EU.

Negotiations on Ukraine's EU accession failed at short notice in 2013.

Russia needs Crimea primarily because the Russian Black Sea fleet is stationed in the city of Sevastopol and you can control the Black Sea from here. Ukraine's accession to NATO, including Crimea, would have meant that the Russian fleet would have to withdraw.

Another reason for the annexation of Crimea is that it gives Ukraine a territorial dispute, and according to NATO guidelines, no state with territorial disputes may join NATO until these disputes are resolved.

Violated international law by troop invasion and popular referendum< /h3>

With the invasion of armed troops in Crimea, Russia acted in violation of international law. Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula and eventually made it Russian territory through a popular referendum. However, this was not internationally recognized by all states.

International sanctions

A number of sanctions from different European countries were imposed. Entry bans were imposed on certain people and economic sanctions were imposed.

The USA is another example of an aggressor state

Just like Russia, the USA has also appeared internationally as an aggressor state several times in recent decades. The invasion of Iraq violated international law because the United States did not receive a mandate from the UN to do so. This is exactly how the USA acts in Syria without a UN mandate, which also violates international law.

Before the Iraq war, the then Secretary of Defense of the USA (Powel) showed samples in test tubes to the assembled UN in New York and explained publicly that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical weapons. After the invasion of Iraq by American and British troops, no chemical weapons have been found in Iraq to date.

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