What Should be the U.S. Response to Russia in light of Russian and Syrian Government Attacks on Aleppo?

William J. vanden Heuvel (Ambassador to the United Nations European Office, 1977-1979)

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The security of the United States is unacceptably endangered without a cooperative respectful relationship with Russia. The problems that divide us cannot be solved by war.

The Charter of the United Nations obliges the Permanent Members of the Security Council to work together to prevent war. The Ukraine, Syria, the refugee and migration flow which threatens the stability of all of our European allies, the increasing threat of nuclear confrontation — all of these crises demand that diplomacy find a way to restore sanity to our deliberations and avoid a resumption of the Cold War. Those who have the power to make peace possible will bear the obloquy of history if war becomes their choice.

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