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Russia, Syria Decry U.S. Closure Of Syrian Embassy

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March 19, 2014 AT 1:17 PM
Syria and its Russian ally on Wednesday criticized the decision by the United States to suspend the operations of Syria's embassy in Washington and consulates in other cities. The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the action as a violation of international diplomatic conventions in a statement carried by Syrian state television. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki rejected Syria's charge, saying: "We are abiding by not only the law but every aspect of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations."