The decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to take ‘mirror’ measures in response to US actions and not to send from Russia 35 American diplomats benevolent gesture for the New year. This assessment took place on the days events gave the British newspaper The Times.
“This move is supportive of a new year gesture, contrasting with the last vengeful blow to President Barack Obama,” the article reads (translated by RIA Novosti).
Times journalists pointed out that all previous mass expulsions of diplomats, which took place during the cold voids, has always led to retaliation of the other party.
“Soft Putin’s response came as a surprise after Russian officials predicted the use of reflex action in response to Obama’s statement,” concludes the newspaper.
We will remind, by the decree of Barack Obama 35 Russian diplomats must leave the U.S. within 72 hours. In addition, employees of the Russian diplomatic mission was denied access to the so-called rural villas of the permanent mission of the Russian Federation in new York and the Russian Embassy in Washington.
Photo: Press service of the President of the Russian Federation