Despite promises to the contrary, the final Presidential actions of Barrack Obama reaffirm his legacy as an arrogant, whingeing, partisan wrecker determined on hindering the peaceful transition of power for his own personal gain.
Given this regrettable climate, it is fortunate Putin has been able to maintain some sense.
“Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats”, wnd.com, 30 December, 2016:
President Obama made the extraordinary decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for what he claims were cyber hacking attempts by their government aimed at the U.S. presidential election, even though he has presented no evidence that it happened.
A senior U.S. official said on Thursday afternoon that the Russian diplomats have been given 72 hours to leave the United States.
The official also said the U.S. has closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised to retaliate by expelling 35 American diplomats, saying “we cannot leave such acts unanswered. Reciprocity is part of diplomatic law.”
But Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked the world on Friday morning by essentially shrugging off the incident, issuing a statement that announced he will not respond in kind and will not expel any American diplomats.
The statement explained, “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.”
The statement took aim at the Obama administration: “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.”
“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.
“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.”