Putin Shows Restraint Following Obama’s Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday that he would not retaliate against the round of U.S. sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. In a statement, Putin said that while his government denies the accusations made by American intelligence agencies, he would not kick U.S. diplomats out of the country.

“Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-U.S. relations based on the policies of the Trump administration,” he said. “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 U.S. diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.”

In addition to ordering sanctions, President Obama announced Thursday that 35 Russian diplomats would be escorted out of the country for their role in the alleged hacks.

“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” Obama said. “Such activities have consequences.”

Putin has been known to retaliate when hit by sanctions; the fact that he’s not doing so this time indicates that he is merely waiting for Donald Trump to take office on January 20. Trump has expressed doubts about the hacks and said last week that it was “time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

On Friday, Trump praised Putin for his restraint.

“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) — I always knew he was very smart!” Trump tweeted.

Here, Trump is just messing with Obama. The president knows where he stands on this issue. He knows he could have consulted with Trump and come up with a mutually agreed-upon solution here. He knows that Trump wants to pursue a different kind of relationship with Russia than the one he forged. By taking this kind of action, Obama is not only exercising his right as President, he’s deliberately trying to extend his influence into Trump’s tenure.

There’s no particular reason to debate whether or not Russia was really behind the hacks. Without top-secret security clearance, we’re never going to have the information we need to make an informed judgement call. But even if we assume that everything the Obama administration is saying is true, what is the gameplan here? For a self-proclaimed man of peace, Obama can’t seem to grasp the wisdom of de-escalating tensions with a nuclear-armed country.

Oh, but Trump is the one we can’t trust with the codes. Okay. Sure.

 

 

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  1. Putin just bytched slapped Obama in the face with this move. laughing.

    • I can see the temper tantrum that Odumbo is having because Putin isn’t playing Odumbo’s game. hee hee. You can see right through the scheme Odumbo is cooking up. Get a war started just so he won’t have to leave the WH and be able to do a 3rd term. But since Putin ain’t stooping to Odumbo’s childish level, it ain’t gonna happen! lol

  2. I glad someone has grown up and wears big boy pants

  3. Putin knows, like anyone with any intelligence should know, that Obama’s little tantrum is only a little gesture of pique after discovering his own complete lack of relevance in a world that has moved past him. In twenty days, the sanctions (if they will even be put in place) will be over, and Obama’s presidency will be relegated to the historical trash bin as eight years of unpleasantness, now behind us. Hopefully future presidents, beginning with Trump, will learn from The Great Divider that dividing a nation accomplishes nothing permanent other than making enemies.

    Russia was no more responsible for the Democratic Party’s debacle than an ant on a grain of sugar. Obama should realize that he, along with the Clintons’ perfidity, were the real reasons for Trump being elected.

  4. A psychotic sociopath CANNOT control himself. WE need to control obama!

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    • Obuma along with all his administration and the clintons all of the democratic party should be tried for Treason then hung.

    • WHY,marlene? Obama will be very soon leaving office.Tragically,the psychotic sociopath-elect will e inaugurated on 20 January.

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  5. Its not a matter of, he “could have” consulted with Trump but rather, he “should have ” consulted with Trump.
    Smooth transition (right). Just another falsehood to add to his many, many in the past eight years.

  6. So now do we get our people on the space station home? Unintended consequences always occur when you have temper tantrums.

  7. To be blue and true he is a piece of sh^t!, a treacherous piece of sh^t that should have faced a firing squad for committing treason but since we are nonger a nation ruled by law but rather a “Dick-tsker-N-Thief” he is getting away with murder, literally and figuratively!

  8. Man vs psycho – my money is on Putin because reason ALWAYS wins out in the end over emotion.

  9. It is an accepted fact that the Presidents of the United States engage in duplicitous behavior with other nations. President Obama inherited this tradition, and my suspicion is that all of our Presidents have wrestled with the moral and ethical dilemma inherent in having that knowledge, prior to deciding when to wield that power; and when deciding not to act on information, also.
    The United States has financed groups to disrupt the elections of many different countries, for many decades (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/13/the-long-history-of-the-u-s-interfering-with-elections-elsewhere/?utm_term=.28976097dd9f); I’m still not okay with Russia, or any other government, doing the same thing to us.
    It’s similar to my sentiment about Middle Eastern terrorists. While I understand that Americans and our weapons, overtly and covertly, have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds-of-thousands of Middle Eastern civilians (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-24547256); and while I can sympathize with the idea that America has contributed to the birth of the terrorists; I am not okay with any terrorist group or government doing the same thing to us.

  10. Wonder why there was no outrage by the liberal party when mr. Obama sent his campaign manager to Israel to try and unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu.

    • It is ALWAYS okay when the liberals/OB do it!
      After all they are not team “Players” to want the United States to succeed and follow the Constitution and our laws!
      Greed, money, lying, and corruption are their world and MO!

  11. Go away Barack. You are a loser.

  12. Putin realizes that if he responds too severely & causes the tense situation to escalate that he risks losing those Thrilling Deep Rim Jobs he receive from Trump.

  13. obama bin laden is trying to screw the United States. I can’t wait till President Trump is in office!

  14. January 20 can’t get here quick enough for me. We’ll get rid of the psychotic sociopath in the WH and put fresh meat in there to straighten out the mess Odumbo has gotten us in.

  15. Catherine Shields

    Thank God. Mr Putin realizes the obummer moves for what they are. Small mean minded and designed to try any start a military action so he can stay in office. On January 20th obummer along with Soros should be turned over to Mr Putin with love from the USA.

  16. When Putin’s advisors asked what to do about obama’s Sanctions Vladimir replied store them with the Red Lines

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