A demonstrator protests against the dismantling of Syrian chemical weapons in Albania in front of the Prime Minister's office in Tirana in this November 7, 2013 file photo. Washington wanted Albania, ... more 
A demonstrator protests against the dismantling of Syrian chemical weapons in Albania in front of the Prime Minister's office in Tirana in this November 7, 2013 file photo. Washington wanted Albania, a NATO ally of 2.8 million people, to host the destruction of 1,300 tonnes of Syrian nerve agents under a plan agreed with Russia to eliminate them from Syria's civil war. At the last minute, with protests building, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that "It is impossible for Albania to take part in this operation". Albania's sudden refusal left U.S. diplomats scrambling for a Plan B to get the chemical weapons out of Syria within six weeks under a timetable agreed with President Bashar al-Assad's big-power backer, Russia. To match Insight SYRIA-CRISIS/ALBANIA REUTERS/Arben Celi/Files (ALBANIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) less 
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