Is there an idiom or expression in English about being neutral in a fight, dispute or confrontation, trying not to offend either sides. In broad terms - to have a diplomatic attitude towards conflicting sides ; sometimes to get your way, having such an attitude. To make a statement or act in a way that will not offend involved parties.
1.Somehow he managed to gain favor with his new boss, at the same time, not upsetting his co-workers.
2. A representative from the hydroelectric power company made a speech about importance of building new hydro power plants in the area, claiming that they will reduce the country`s energy dependence ; however, to avoid angering the local population, he did not touch on the issue of resettlement.