Irina in her own way did encourage the S/V romance. Why do you think she did that? I would have thought she would not have because of a couple of obvious reasons. First. she had said she wanted Sidney to leave the CIA. So why would she want Sydney to be involved with another CIA agent? Second, she must know that her being responsible for his father's death would be a big problem for them. Would it not be easier for Syndey if her relationship is without all those complications? By the way, I am glad she did. I was just wondering, that is all.