In the wake of recent sanctions imposed by US on Russia, with b35 Russian diplomat given 72 hours to leave the United States, many experts have predicted a tit for tat response like cold war era. Indeed the Russian government was ready for reciprocal actions as the Russian foreign ministry has prepared a list of 35 US diplomats and other measures to be taken by the Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
But in what some experts called the most damaging and embarrassing response to president Obama’s sanctions on Russia, president Putin says he would not “will not resort to irresponsible Kitchen diplomacy” by Obama in a move describe as US president elect Trump as “smart” in a tweet after Putin decision.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart! Trump tweeted
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Putin maintains that while Russia reserves the right to retaliate, they will not do so, as they look forward working with Trump’s administration “While we reserve the right to take reciprocal measures, we’re not going to downgrade ourselves to the level of irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy,” Putin announced. “In our future steps on the way toward the restoration of Russia-United States relations, we will proceed from the policy pursued by the administration of D. Trump.” According to Sputnik.
The Russian president also went ahead to invite children of all; accredited diplomats to his country to attend annual Christmas tree lighting at the Kremlin. Russian experts have describe the move as a win for Putin whom they say president Obama wanted to influence their ties as both leaders talks favorably of each other
A senior adviser to president elect Trump, Kellyanne Conway had called the move a regrettable “political response” aim at influencing Trump’s relations with Putin “It seems like the president is under pressure from Team Hillary, who can’t accept the election results,” Conway said on Face the Nation earlier this month. “It’s very clear that President Obama could have ‘retaliated’ months ago if they were actually concerned about this and concerned about this affecting the election.”
Experts say by rebuffing proposed sanctions. Putin made the Obama announcement and sanctions insignificant and was not worthy of retaliation.