The UN Security Council has agreed it wants to avoid military intervention in Syria - but differences remain over the way ahead. The U.S. - as well as its European and Arab allies - want President Assad out of power. For its part, Russia says the UN shouldn't be used as a platform for excessive interference in Syrian affairs.
Neil Clark, a journalist and contributor to the Guardian, believes that Russia's stance on Syria has much more international support than one may assume.
“It would be mistake for the Russians to think that they are isolated,” he said. “They are not, they have world opinion. It’s just the West which shouts the loudest. Britain, France, America, Israel, a few Arab states backed by the West – this is not the world. This is not the international community.”