President Putin Reverses His Descision On The Expulsion Of US Diplomats

President Putin Reverses His Descision On The Expulsion Of US Diplomats

President Putin Reverses His Descision On The Expulsion Of US Diplomats

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has declined to engage in a tit-for-tat after the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats over a hacking scandal.
Describing the move as “irresponsible diplomacy”, he said Russia would not “stoop” to that level and would work to restore ties with America, under President-elect, Donald Trump.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry, has recommended that the Kremlin expels 35 US diplomats from Russia in response to sanctions announced by Washington.
The foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, called US allegations of Russia’s interference in the US election campaign “groundless”.
Meanwhile, the US had on Thursday, ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country and also ordered the closure of two Russian compounds.
The diplomats and their families were given 72 hours to leave the country.
Sergey Strokan, a political analyst and columnist for Russian newspaper Kommersant, told Al Jazeera from Moscow that, with the announcement, Putin has played the role of “a good cop”.
“It might seem as a contradiction but I think that it is a sort of a role game,” said Strokan.
“Political parties here believe that we should not give excuse to those forces inside the American establishement who will try to tell President Trump that he has to follow the same agenda in relation to Russia.
“Putin does not want to deprive Trump of the field of manoeuver and he leaves the option open for him. He has to either backtrack on Obama’s policy but if he is hesitant, no doubt Russia will retaliate in a very strong way and then we will see equal number of US diplomats expelled.”

 

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