Russia, which is still in the process of annexing one part of Ukraine and may well try to grab a few more, said today that it was "worried and disappointed" in America's decision to shut down Syria's embassy and consulates.
"We are worried and disappointed by the decision of the United States, which runs counter to the previous agreement between Moscow and Washington to jointly push for a peace settlement of the Syrian crisis in the framework of the Geneva Communique of 30 June 2012 through persevering cooperation with both the Syrian government and the opposition," the Russian Foreign Office said in a statement.
Russia is accusing the United States of interfering in Syria's affairs and trying to overthrow its government, which is something Russia would never, ever do. The United Nations, NATO, United States and several other countries have condemned Russia's interference in Ukraine's affairs.
Incidentally, NATO recently suspended its joint effort with Russia to provide a maritime escort for the American ship destroying Syria's chemical weapons. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen sharply criticized Russia's actions in Ukraine, calling it "the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War."
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reported today that nearly half of Syria's chemical weapons have been removed from the country. The process has been marked by delays and missed deadlines, but finally seems to be making progress.
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