Russian president responds with class

One probably couldn’t blame Russia if its government responded in kind to U.S. outgoing-President Barack’s Obama’s expulsion of Russian diplomats this week. But instead of expelling American diplomats from Russia, the government there acted with kindness, and with class.

It bodes well for future relations between the two countries, and for the world as a result.

The president of Russia issued the following statement today, posted on its website. I’m running it here because it speaks of government maturity and class, and exhibits the sort of responsibility we expect from powerful leaders:

Statement by the President of Russia

December 30, 2016

We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.

As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.

The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. 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 US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.

It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.

My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people.

I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.

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Photo credit: The Kremlin in Moscow. (Alexandergusev/Wikipedia)

4 thoughts on “Russian president responds with class

  1. Or, consider that Putin knows he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and dared not play tit-for-tat.

    You are in journalism, aren’t you? Putin kills journalists he doesn’t like and Trump admires the way Putin runs his country. And you think he has class??

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    1. I dated a spy (now deceased), and I know that the spying community and their bosses, i.e. politicians, don’t publicize their activities or the activities of nations spying on them. So, for Obama and co. to go public with allegations against the Russians indicates that there is something else going on here, especially considering that some sources say it was disgruntled Democrats who “hacked” emails and leaked them to wikileaks, not the Russians. So, why did Obama go so public with this, when he knows that his actions can be overturned in just a few weeks and that Trump will probably make peace with the Russians? Was Obama trying to undermine the Trump presidency? Was he trying to delegitimize it? Was he trying to start a new Cold War? Why didn’t he and his intelligent services just respond secretly, as they do for all the other cyber attacks — and believe me, there are cyber attacks happening every day that no one tells you about.

      Obama has succeeded in casting doubt about Trump’s victory, and he has sowed a new wave of hate against the Russians. It’s back to “us and them” again, good guy vs. bad guy. If he truly believes Putin and company orchestrated email hacks, they could have silently dealt with it much more effectively.

      Now, analysts are hailing Putin’s response as a brilliant chess move making Obama look like a petulant, bitter lame duck president . . . all words you can find in reports. Some are saying Obama embarrassed the U.S. by acting the way he did. The world is laughing at him.

      Still, I am impressed that many Americans feel they need to stand by their president until he leaves office. Those same Americans will be standing by Trump in the weeks to come, no matter how he blunders.

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  2. Pundits are saying Putin and Co. are just waiting for Trump to officlally take office, a friendlier president. So, he apparently feels he needs to do nothing, that it will all change anyway when Trump takes office. Class and Putin the same sentence? Seriously, you’ve officially gone to the dark side. The world is laughing at Obama? Really? You know this how? The world is laughing at Trump. Has been for years.

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