Non-interventionism is a core UN Charter principle, member states obligated to respect the sovereignty of all nations—disputes to be settled “by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.”
All member states “shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state . . .”
“Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter . . .”
Nations are prohibited from interfering in the internal affairs of others—except in self-defense if attacked, even then only if authorized by the Security Council, not presidents, prime ministers, legislatures or courts.
Article 15 of the Covenant of the League of Nations prohibited intervention by one country against others.
So does the binding 1933 Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States—banning “interference with the freedom, the sovereignty, or other internal affairs, or the processes of the Governments of other nations.”
In 1965, the General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Domestic Affairs of States—the principle upheld by the International Court of Justice in its rulings.
The principle of non-intervention protects the sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all nations.
All of the above are mute points when the US preemptively attacks other nations without just cause, naked aggression by any standard—the core principle of non-intervention flagrantly violated time and again against governments threatening no one.
US claims about humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, and democracy building have no legal standing.
All US wars and other interventionist acts since World War II were and remain flagrantly illegal.
Washington intervened against and toppled countless sovereign governments, assassinated numerous leaders, removed others by coup d’états and color revolutions, reigning terror worldwide on every continent, wanting them carved up for profit and control.
Interfering in the electoral process of other nations is longstanding US policy—notably in Central and South America, Africa, Central Asia, Iraq, Ukraine, Iran and Russia.
Washington seeks dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations, wanting pro-Western regimes worldwide subservient to its interests.
Sovereign independent governments are targeted for elimination—NATO used as a belligerent instrument in pursuing US geopolitical aims.
On numerous occasions, Russia urged the US to agree on mutual nonintervention, both countries pledging noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.
Each time proposed, ruling US authorities rejected the offer, senior Russian Foreign Ministry official Georgy Borisenko explained, saying: “ . . . Washington is stubbornly evading this proposal. They refuse it in a simply categorical manner”—refusing to change its flagrantly illegal interventionist policy.
The Kremlin most recently proposed mutual nonintervention ahead of July 16 Putin/Trump summit talks in Helsinki, Finland, the offer turned down by Washington.
Republicans and undemocratic Dems want nothing interfering in their interventionist agenda.
Russia is wrongfully accused of interfering in the political and other affairs of the US and other countries time and again—no evidence ever cited because there is none.
Indisputable evidence shows how often Washington unlawfully intervenes against other countries—notably by attacking them aggressively or trying to topple their ruling governments by other means.
All US interventionist actions flagrantly violate core international law—what imperial rage is all about, seeking dominance over other nations extrajudicially.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.