Yesterday Obama sought to spark a Cold War tit-for-tat by expelling 35 Russian embassy workers. Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin, refused to take the bait. Instead he calmly stated that Russia wouldn’t expel a single U.S. diplomat in retaliation.
Putin says he won’t deport U.S. diplomats as he looks to cultivate relations with incoming Trump administration https://t.co/IueD8f4Qkr
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 30, 2016
In response to evidence-free accusations that Russia hacked US political organizations, Obama announced that the U.S. was closing down Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland.
It is regrettable that the Obama administration, which started out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia agony. RIP
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) December 30, 2016
As Russian officials attacked Obama’s ridiculous new action, Putin was urged to respond…
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, stated:
“Russia’s foreign ministry… has requested that the Russian president approve declaring as persona non grata 31 employees of the US embassy in Moscow and four diplomats from the US consulate in Saint Petersburg,” Lavrov also wanted to close two U.S. diplomatic compounds.
However, Putin’s response abandoned the petty expulsions that marked the Cold War era.
“We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole,” Putin stated.
Russia has denied hacking any American political organizations several times.
He added that:
“Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration,”
“We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin,” Putin said.
Putin included messages to both Obama and Donald Trump.
“It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family,”
“My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.”
One expert said the response was extremely calculated.
“This was a carefully stage-managed response from Mr. Putin – dangling the possibility of tit-for-tat expulsions and then showing magnanimity in postponing any response – at least for now,” wrote Jonathan Marcus, a reporter.
He then said, “It is fundamentally a put-down for the Obama administration, suggesting that, in Moscow’s view, it is such a lame-duck, so irrelevant, as to make any response unnecessary,”
Who comes out of this better, Obama or Putin? Let us know what YOU think! Quack, quack!