Matthew Dal Santo’s analysis of diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia over Syria makes the argument that diplomatic talks must resume, but he really hits the mark when he says that ‘a diplomatic solution was from the start a mirage at best and a trick at worst’.
Russia cannot be dealt with in the same way liberal democracies deal with each other. As the editorial team of the largest Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, recently put it: ‘Russia is an impossible partner. It is a saboteur that must be dealt with and spoken to, but never rewarded with concessions.’
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