Heightened tensions between the US and Russia did not seem to greatly concern an affable President-elect Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin’s limited response to President Barack Obama’s newly enacted sanctions.
In response to President Obama’s decision to expel Russian diplomats and impose more sanctions on Russia, Russian President Putin has so far only indicated Moscow would not to retaliate in the same fashion, promising not to throw out US diplomats in his country.
Putin said he regretted that Obama was ending his term “in such a way,” but that he extended his New Year’s congratulations to the outgoing US president and his family nevertheless.
President-elect Trump has taken this as an apparent decision to wait on a more robust response until a new administration occupies the White House.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Calling the delay a “great move,” and saying that he “always knew [Putin] was smart!” Trump not only shared his opinion on the tensions between Obama’s administration and Moscow, but emphasized it by pinning the tweet to the top of his page.
This comes following Thursday’s news that Obama issued new sanctions targeting intelligence services and officials as well as techlology companeis, overall amounting to four individuals and five entities, which the US government has accused of hacking into American institutions ahead of the November election.
In the executive order, which Obama signed Wednesday night, the president said he was taking “additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities… in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions.”
Neither Trump nor his transition team have indicated what he’s planning to do after he takes office. Trump said in a statement on Thursday that he will “meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated about the facts of this situation.”
Nigel Farage commends Putin’s ‘mature’ response to US diplomatic expulsions
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his decision not to expel American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US.
The MEP and prominent Brexit campaigner commended Putin on Twitter, describing the move as “mature.”
Farage, who has cultivated a close relationship with US President-elect Donald Trump since the US election, went on to say the new administration “can’t come soon enough.”
Pleased to see a mature response from Putin. A @realDonaldTrump presidency can't come soon enough.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 30, 2016
On Friday, Putin rejected calls by the Russian Foreign Ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US.
He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait.
US President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats on Thursday, giving them 72 hours to leave US soil.
Obama described the diplomats as “intelligence operatives” and also announced the closure of two Russian compounds in the US.
In a statement published on the Kremlin website, Putin said: “We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy.
“We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts.”
Obama said in a statement the expulsions were “in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election.”
Moscow denies the allegations.
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