Vladimir the merciful?
Following this morning’s reports that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would recommend to Russian President Vladimir Putin a retaliation in kind, and expel 35 American diplomats, saying that “we cannot leave such acts unanswered. Reciprocity is part of diplomatic law” with Putin spokesman Peskov adding that “there is no doubt that Russia’s adequate and mirror response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well”, it was ultimately up to Putin to decide how to respond to the US.
Which he did on Friday morning, when in a stunning reversal, the Russian leader took the high road, rejected the Lavrov proposal, and in a statement posted by the Kremlin said that Russia won’t expel any Americans in retaliation to US moves, in a brutal demonstration of just how irrelevant Obama’s 11th hour decision is for US-Russian relations.
The reversal comes as Russian officials portrayed U.S. sanctions as a last act of a lame-duck president and suggested that Trump could reverse them when he takes over the White House in January.
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Earlier Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev said the Obama administration was ending its term in “anti-Russia death throes.”
“It is regrettable that the Obama administration, which started out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia death throes. RIP,” Medvedev, who served as president in 2009 when Obama tried to improve Russia-U.S. relations, wrote on his official Facebook page.
In the just released statement, Putin laughed off Obama’s 11th hour temper tantrum, and said that Russia won’t cause problems to U.S. diplomats or deport anyone, adding that Russia has the right to respond in tit-for-tat manner, but it will not engage in irresponsible diplomacy.
The punchline, however, was saved for what may be Russia’s final slam of the debacle that is Obama’s administration saying that “It’s a pity that the current U.S. administration is finishing their work in such a manner” saying that Russia refuses “to sink to the level of this irresponsible “kitchen” diplomacy.”
Putin ended the statement by congratulating U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and the American people on the New Year and invited the hildren of US diplomats to a holiday celebration at the Kremlin.
From the full statement posted on the Kremlin website:
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.
And with that one statement, Obama lost the diplomatic war with Russia.
Putin gets a call from America, Putin’s Aide said “The White House wants to have a man to man talk with you”
Putin said “Ok put Michelle on the line.”
Seems Putin has cut a deal with the terrorists to a cease fire, this deal cuts Kerry and Barry out of the negotiations. I am sure Heckle and Jackal will be really hurt and retaliate tattle to daddy Soros.
As Obama tries to change his lead from behind strategy and moves to the front, he shows that he lacks the skills and knowledge to lead at all. He acts like a spoiled brat that is not getting his way. The lead from behind strategy he adopted was just to cover his inadequacies for the job and they are many!
Obama repeatedly gives Putin the opportunity to appear more adult and thoughtful than himself. Obama’s stupidity allowed Putin to ride to the rescue in Syria, which in reality was just a massive power play, unchallenged by Obama and, now, to be the rational and reasoning person while Obama lashes out at phantom attackers.
But, let’s close our eyes and ears and continue to regard Obama a political genius. That should be productive.
“The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.” — Thucydides
@MOS #8541: Excellent thought. I still have not seen anything closely resembling fact that Russians hacked the Clinton campaign emails. Common sense seems to orientate towards a leak by dissatisfied Democrats.