Fresh from the Kremlin:
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.
President Vladimir Putin
Well, well… looks to me Russian President Vladimir Putin just told our Punk-in-Chief to politely go pound sand and that he is irrelevant.
This is very good in the grand scheme of things. Looks like USA-Russian relations will be off to a civil start for a change beginning January 20, 2017 and the “reset” button will actually be pressed for real this time.
Barry must be pissed now that he didn’t get the reaction he had hoped for. The punk got punked, and rightfully so. 🙂
Don’t misunderstand, Russia will alway be our adversary/competitor/rival BUT that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get along on a world stage when mutual interests are to be achieved, especially when it comes to erasing jihadis. The jihadis are the scourge of the earth and threaten civilization everywhere. Ditto with keeping nut cases with nukes in check like North Korea and wannabe nukers like Iran.
The end of an error is fast approaching. No more of this “lead from behind” crap anymore…