In the wake of Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian diplomats and shutting down two Russian owned properties in Maryland and New York accused of hacking, Vladimir Putin has reacted much differently than many expected.
Despite the community organizer from Chicago, Honolulu, Jakarta, Nairobi (?), claiming he would preside over the “most transparent administration in history,” the Obama Administration has yet to provide to the American people a single shred of direct evidence of the Russian government’s involvement in the months-old hacking scandal.
In the wake of Obama looking like the proverbial barroom loser five minutes before closing time, he’s finally allowed his doo-dads to drop in the final weeks of his time in office.
As reported by News Corp Australia, Putin plainly stated that his government wouldn’t respond in-kind with any sort of diplomatic reprisals. As reported;
Mr Putin had earlier said Russia would not stoop to “irresponsible diplomacy”.
Very likely making Obama seem quite the petulant child, the Russian leader also stated;
“The Russian diplomats returning home will spend the New Year holidays with their relatives and dear ones,” Mr Putin said. “At home. We will not create problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anybody.”
Russia’s government had threatened retaliation, and it continues to deny US accusations that it hacked and stole emails to try to help Mr Trump win. Mr Trump said the US should move on, but in a sign he was no longer totally brushing off the allegations, he plans to meet with US intelligence leaders next week to learn more.
Mr Putin’s statement came hours after Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested a tit-for-tat expulsion in televised remarks. He said early on Friday that Russia’s foreign ministry and other agencies had suggested that Mr Putin order expulsion of 31 employees of the US Embassy in Moscow and four diplomats from the US Consulate in St. Petersburg. Another suggestion is to bar American diplomats from using their summer retreat on the outskirts of Moscow and a warehouse south of Moscow.
But in the web site remarks, Mr Putin said, Russia would not prevent the families and children (of diplomats) from using the customary rest and leisure facilities and sites during the New Year holidays.
“Moreover, I am inviting all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas parties in the Kremlin,” he said.
While The Vlad was turning up the charm, other Russian officials have opened up on Obama, Trump-style.
With the very impressive title of the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova called the Obama administration “a group of embittered and dimwitted foreign policy losers.”
Furthermore, the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged earlier that Washington has become immersed in “anti-Russian death throes.”
A former President of Russia himself, Medvedev took to Twitter to call the latest diplomatic breach “sad.”