The UN General Assembly on Tuesday rejected a bid by Russia to regain a seat on the Human Rights Council, from which it was ousted after invading Ukraine.
Russia, which was competing with Bulgaria and Albania for two open spots allocated to the region, nonetheless received 83 votes in its favor from the UN General Assembly's 193 members.
"Russia can still boast that it got support from nearly half the UN's members today," said Richard Gowan of the International Crisis Group.
"This does offer some support to Russia's claim that its diplomatic isolation is gradually decreasing as many states are tiring of arguments over Ukraine."
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