Russian President Vladimir Putin Pulls A Surprise Move To Combat Obama’s Sanctions (TWEETS)

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In a surprise move, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Friday he will not expel U.S. diplomats as an act of retaliation for President Barack Obama’s sanctions against Russia.

Instead, Putin released this statement published by the Kremlin website, according to CNN:

‘We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts.’

Although it appears that Putin is taking the high road, it is important to keep in mind his cyber-attacks during the presidential campaign were acts of war. He was trying to throw the election to Donald Trump. This form of warfare is so new that it is difficult for people to get their minds around the seriousness of a strike at the very heart of U.S. democracy.

President Obama gave 35 Russian diplomats and their families just 72 hours to leave the U.S,. and he closed two Russian-owned compounds, one in Maryland and the other in New York.

By Friday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was recommending the Kremlin retaliate by expelling an equal number of U.S. diplomats. In addition, Lavrov suggested closing two American facilities in Russia.

That was when Putin decided to release a statement from the Kremlin. In an apparently altruistic strategy, the Russian President said he would wait for the Donald Trump presidency. Putin said:

‘We will not create problems for US diplomats. We won’t expel anyone. We won’t forbid their families and children to use their usual recreation places during the New Year’s celebration.’

Then Putin said:

‘I am inviting all children of the #US diplomats in #Russia to the #NewYear’s and #Christmas celebration in the #Kremlin.’

Putin said that he thought it was unfortunate that President Obama was ending his term “in such a way.” Regardless, Russia’s president extended his New Year’s wishes to the outgoing US president and his family.

The Russian president said:

‘I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and the entire American people!’

Inviting all the children of the U.S. diplomats in Russia to the New Year’s and Christmas celebration in the Kremlin sounds a bit like the witch inviting Hansel and Gretel into her candy-constructed house.

Featured Image: openDemocracy via Flickr, Creative Commons License, minor modification.

H/T: CNN.