Diplomatic force?

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin. © Brendan McDermid

Be careful what you wish for – that seems to be the new ethos of Western diplomacy which, for decades, ostensibly tried to make the world a better place. How long will the West's newfound aversion to risk last, and will it prove beneficial in the drive to find a political solution to the Syrian quagmire? Oksana puts the question to Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin.

The UN stopped updating Syria's death toll in 2014, unable to verify information. The UN Secretary-General now uses an estimate of 250,000 fatalities.

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