Putin responds to U.S sanctions against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded to U.S. sanctions against Russia Friday saying that Moscow will not expel American diplomats.

Putin said he would not pursue “irresponsible diplomacy” and would instead attempt to rebuild relations with Washington after the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, according to CNN.
Russia still reserves the right to respond to the new U.S. sanctions.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama said, “I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.”
“Further steps towards the restoration of Russian-American relations will be built on the basis of the policies carried out by the administration of President Trump,” a Kremlin statement said.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of State said,”The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the United States owned by the Russian Government.”

The Department said it took the actions as part of a comprehensive response to Russia’s interference in the U.S. election and to a pattern of harassment of our diplomats overseas that has increased over the last four years, including a significant increase in the last 12 months.

“Today’s actions send a clear message that such behavior is unacceptable and will have consequences.” the State Dept.’s statement read.