The president of Russia Vladimir Putin has said that his country will not expel any US diplomats in response to expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the sanctions imposed by United States.
Vladimir Putin said he will not follow “irresponsible diplomacy” instead he intends to rebuild the US-Russia relations once Donald Trump becomes president.
The Russian president has been formally asked by the foreign ministry of Russia to expel the same number of US diplomats.
Russia has constantly denied the accusations of interfering in US presidential elections and committing cyber attacks, the final decision on this matter has been postponed for the time being and Vladimir Putin has said that it will depend on US attitude under the new administration.
A statement by the Russian president was released on the Kremlin’s website which said: “While we reserve the right to respond, we will not drop to this level of irresponsible diplomacy, and we will make further steps to help resurrect Russian-
American relations based on the policies that the administration of Trump will pursue.”
He further said: “We are not going to make problems for American diplomats. We are not going to expel anyone. We are not going to forbid their families and children from using their usual relaxation places during the new year’s holidays.”
On Thursday the United States had sanctioned nine Russian entities including the intelligence agencies GRU and FSB, 35 Russian diplomats were expelled and given 72 hours to leave the country and two compounds were also shut down in Washington and Maryland.
The Russian government is reportedly planning to send a special plane to pick up the diplomats and their family members as they are having trouble to find tickets because of the holidays.
Political experts have said that Putin has made a great political move by not applying a tit-for-tat policy unlike a usual Russian president, he has also put a lot of pressure on Donald Trump as Putin is essentially offering him to move ahead together and forget about the past.
Putin is known for making unexpected move and he had done this again successfully.