DIPLOMATIC FRONT: Diplomatic Front

The Dove's Progress

The word went to U.S. ambassadors at the United Nations and in Moscow: sound out the Russians. At the U.N., the sounding produced only hollow noises. Russia's Jacob Malik, who had floated the first hint of peace, holed up in his Glen Cove mansion, claiming illness. One night he appeared as host at a U.N. dinner, tuxedoed and healthy-looking—but he dodged all questions about a ceasefire.

In Moscow, Ambassador Alan Kirk made the five-minute drive from Spasso House to the Foreign Ministry just outside the Kremlin's walls, and was ushered in...

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