"It is impossible to consider the principles of territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination separately. Otherwise, the weapon may be directed against you,” spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told while answering the question on which principle Russia prefers out of the two main international principles, ONA's Moscow bureau reports.
“Your question is similar to how to ask a person a question; you want to be shot from the right or left side of the head. Much has been written about this in the founding documents of international law. In my opinion, one cannot choose one of two principles without understanding and analyzing the situation. I am not a lawyer, but I know one thing: it is necessary to work with both principles. Otherwise, this weapon could turn against the state, the people,” Zakharova stated.