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(CNN)Not since the Cold War have relations between the US and Russia been so poor.

On Monday night, the US State Department announcedit would be "suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia" which had come about as part of an effort to end the Syrian Civil War.

This drastic move comes after weeks of growing frustration in Washington. "Everybody's patience with Russia has run out," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday night. He added that Russia had made a "series of commitments without any indication they were committed to following them."

This frustration is easy to understand. The US placed a lot of faith in Russia, and Secretary John Kerry had invested a huge amount time and energy working with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, on the assumption that both he and the Kremlin were seeking an end to the fighting.