It won’t say it “deplores” Iran’s hostage-taking, either.

But hey. They care.

The UN Security Council has agreed a statement voicing “grave concern” at Iran’s capture of 15 British sailors…

The statement is a watered-down version as the UK wanted it to “deplore” Iran’s detention of the Britons and call for their immediate release…

The UK failed to win support for a stronger statement deploring Iran’s actions following opposition led by Russia…

In full, it said: “Members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the capture by the Revolutionary Guard and the continuing detention by the government of Iran of 15 United Kingdom naval personnel and appealed to the government of Iran to allow consular access in terms of the relevant international laws.”

That’s the bad news. The worse news is that it’s Russia that’s going to bat for them, which suggests that the rift between the two over the Bushehr reactor has been healed and Iran’s bombmaking program is back on course.