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The US and Russia have quietly reached their biggest chill in relations since the Cold War

Relations between the US and Russia took a nosedive last Monday when Washington announced it would be suspending its negotiations with Moscow over its refusal to halt airstrikes on Syria's largest city, Aleppo. That was only the start of a long week — one that saw the two countries entering their lowest point in relations since the end of the Cold War. After reports emerged on Tuesday that the US was considering launching airstrikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia deployed surface-to-air missiles to its naval base in Tartus on Syria's western coast and suspended a nuclear and energy-related research pact with the US.
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