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.
As Andrew Sullivan used to say, "Meep meep". Although now Putin is the Roadrunner and Obama is Wile E. Coyote, complete with his Acme Deportation Order.
But as much as I may enjoy Obama's latest encounter with a banana peel, I am vigorously reminding myself of two points:
(1) Don't get comfortable rooting for the Russkies. Obama is an embarrassment, but for a few more weeks he is OUR embarrassment; and more worryingly
(2) This probably won't get better under Trump. My fear is that right now some snarky twenty-something Russian punk is reading Trump's many tweets and gearing up for four (or eight!?!) years of psy-ops aimed at The Donald. The result will be a public flame war between said punk and the Leader of the Free World, who really ought to find better uses for his time but has yet to see a Twitter feud he can let go.
Time will tell.