Putin Stunner: "We Will Not Expel Anyone; We Refuse To Sink To 'Kitchen' Diplomacy"

Tyler Durden's picture

Vladimir the merciful?

Following this morning's reports that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would recommend to Russian President Vladimir Putin a retaliation in kind, and expel 35 American diplomats, saying that “we cannot leave such acts unanswered. Reciprocity is part of diplomatic law"  with Putin spokesman Peskov adding that "there is no doubt that Russia's adequate and mirror response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well", it was ultimately up to Putin to decide how to respond to the US.

Which he did on Friday morning, when in a stunning reversal, the Russian leader took the high road, rejected the Lavrov proposal, and in a statement posted by the Kremlin said that Russia won’t expel any Americans in retaliation to US moves, in a brutal demonstration of just how irrelevant Obama's 11th hour decision is for US-Russian relations.

The reversal comes as Russian officials portrayed U.S. sanctions as a last act of a lame-duck president and suggested that Trump could reverse them when he takes over the White House in January.

Earlier Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev said the Obama administration was ending its term in "anti-Russia death throes."

"It is regrettable that the Obama administration, which started out by restoring our ties, is ending its term in an anti-Russia death throes. RIP," Medvedev, who served as president in 2009 when Obama tried to improve Russia-U.S. relations, wrote on his official Facebook page.

In the just released statement, Putin laughed off Obama's 11th hour temper tantrum, and said that Russia won’t cause problems to U.S. diplomats or deport anyone, adding that Russia has the right to respond in tit-for-tat manner, but it will not engage in irresponsible diplomacy.

The punchline, however, was saved for what may be Russia's final slam of the debacle that is Obama's administration saying that "It’s a pity that the current U.S. administration is finishing their work in such a manner" saying that Russia refuses "to sink to the level of this irresponsible "kitchen" diplomacy."

Putin ended the statement by congratulating U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and the American people on the New Year and invited the hildren of US diplomats to a holiday celebration at the Kremlin.

From the full statement posted on the Kremlin website:

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.

And with that one statement, Obama lost the diplomatic war with Russia.   

In other news, the Kremlin said it will send a government plane to the US to evacuate the expelled diplomats and their family members. Earlier, there were reports that the diplomats were having problems buying tickets on such short notice, with airlines already booked by New Year’s travelers.

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Full Putin statement below:

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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Bill of Rights's picture

Good move don't play in the man child's sand box..

froze25's picture

Putin acted like a man when dealing with a spoiled brat. 20 days and 17 hours to go

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

One of the worlds' leaders comes off as a petulant child here, how embaraskin

Max Hunter's picture

There's something happening here..  What it is... ain't exactly clear... there's a man with a gun over there... tell me.. I got to beware.. 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Putin knows beating up on a pussy.......just makes you look like an asshole.


Just let the petulant child whine...

y3maxx's picture

Obama "check"

Putin "checkmate"

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

CIA false flag up turns the chessboard in 3, 2, 1.....

Max Hunter's picture

They're going to have to.  Putin isn't playing ball with them.  Riddle me this:  As a developer, who has Trump been at odds with since was old enough to know?

peddling-fiction's picture

"As a developer, who has Trump been at odds with"

Someone in New Yawk or New Joysi...


petar's picture

This is how well Putin understands Trump and how he is petting his ego. 

remain calm's picture

Putin to the Obama's, " when you go low, we go high". Hehe.

archon's picture

Once again, Putin demonstrates that he's the only adult acting on the world stage these days.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) archon Dec 30, 2016 11:29 AM

Obama has cemented his legacy as THE WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY.  I hope he gets that job at the UN just as Trump kicks the UN out of the U.S. and defunds it.


bigkahuna's picture

Happy New Year Russia! Apologies that our "chief" cannot express these sentiments itself. See y'all next year.

HowdyDoody's picture

Even better, Putin has invited the children of US diplomats to see the Kremlin Christmas Tree. Let's see the US turn that down! The Russians have also sent a plane to the US to pick up the expelled diplomats, who would probably have been stranded due to lack of seats on planes to Moscow close to the New Year.

Finally, a New Year gift for Obongo from Putin himself - A 'hasta la vista' T-shirt and the infamous 'overload' (supposedly 'reset') button.

Epic trolling.


tazs's picture

Russia = Orthodox Christian = Sensible policies
USrael = Anti-Christ = Long Arm of Government


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

tazs = schizophrenic spammer

PrayingMantis's picture


... meanwhile, as the world witnessed the petty and fretful decision-making of Oblowma, America's no-birth-certificate-in-chief, it's premier rah-rah fake-news provider CNN is making more fraudulent fake news outlined here >>> "‘White House sanctioning own children now?’ Moscow blasts CNN's ‘false’ US school closure report" >>> https://www.rt.com/news/372305-cnn-false-us-school-closure/ ...

"The CNN is spreading ‘false information’ by reporting that Russia closed the Anglo-American School of Moscow in retaliation to a new set of US sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

“It’s a lie. It appears the White House has completely lost its mind and is now coming up with sanctions against their own children,” Zakharova commented on the report on her Facebook page.

“The CNN broadcaster and other Western media have again distributed false information citing official US sources,” the spokeswoman added.

The Anglo-American School of Moscow has also denied media speculation, with director Ian Forster writing on Facebook that the “school is planning to open as scheduled following the New Year’s break.”


bh2's picture

"It’s a lie."

Refreshing to hear such a frank diplomatic assessment of fake news used as clickbait.

What is the world coming to?

Peter41's picture

I seem to recall, Obama whispering to Medvedev that "after the election (2012), we will have more flexibibility." And, I also seem to recall Hillary chortling about some sort of "reset button" when she met with Lavrov back when she first started her benighted and corrupt role as Secretary of State. Well, look at Obama now, he is sniveling, whining and squirming in his last role as president, a feckless, inocmpetent lame duck of the first order.


goddammoron's picture

You Trumptards are so quick to think it's so cool to buddy up to Putin.  And, it might be cool.  And, Trump might be the great negotiator on our behalf we hope he is.  BUT, don't think Putin gives a shit about you, me or our way of life here.  He's been at this game way longer than any of us and is way more fucking serious.  He is 10x richer than Trump claims to be and has 10x the power over his respective country.  Trump can only dream of being Putin and it's clear he might idolize the rat.

Fuck the Russians.  Fuck Libtards.  Fuck Trumptards (but nice job on electing an adult which you deserve credit for).  Long live political gridlock in the USA.  Keep all the dipshits in check.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

...and you are 10x more ignorant than your handle indicates.

goddammoron's picture

I do live downtown Chicago, love it, work for one of your financial firm overlords and collect large bonuses.  So, you can continue to think you are right, friend!!


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Your idiocy is not treated. Accept this information with the inherent indifference of idiots.



Living in down town Chicago - fucking retarded. I don't care how many guns you own, that is bat shit crazy  fucking Klingons from Uranus retarded. Stupid, too.

Working for a financial firm - fucking short bus special school hockey helmet retarded. Brain dead retarded.

Collecting large boners - just fucking fudge packing brains located in colon retarded. 

Thinking that elevates you above your fellow man - bury you in a pit up to your neck, and do burn outs on your head in an old Chevy with bias ply tires retarded. 

Witchy-witch's picture

Dear, Sil.

Might you be dealing with another Boobyi Obnoxiousi-BOT/Zeke1i-BOT?

Feed no Bots!


Our job is to fuck with the bots. And their masters. 

Fuck 'em all with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire coated in flaming napalm lube.

Enjoyable pastime - keeps the grey matter cranking at 110 household volts.  

Dugald's picture



Ah, got you pegged now, your just nuts....be comforted you  are not alone on here....!!

cheech_wizard's picture

Are you having an Elmer J. Fudd moment?

Standard Disclaimer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7dCTwlAI8Y


wolfessannie's picture

If you are so intelligent and live such n outstanding and 'comfortble' life why are you picking fights on a blog???  Methinks you brag too much ...

Charming Anarchist's picture

Dude, it is not that complicated. You are missing the forest for the trees.

<< You Trumptards are so quick to think .... >>

No! Russian women are hot.
There is not much more thinking involved. Putin is just a wing man.

beemasters's picture

But Kitchen Diplomacy is all that the US officials know in dealing with those who won't listen to them.

Escapeclaws's picture

Obama should invite Russian diplomats' children to see the White House menorra to retaliate against Putin inviting American diplomats' children to see the Kremlin Christmas tree.

Which way to the beach's picture

I hope Putin sent Obummer a cutting board. How appropriate. A set of training wheels would have been nice as well.


This might be fake news for all I know. My sources are totally unreliable, but their information is facinating.


wolfessannie's picture

"... THE WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY ..."  And that's saying something after Duh-bya's 8 years!

Ferrari's picture

Well played sir! Best post I've seen in a while.

dogsandhoney2's picture

yeah, there's that--the return of michelle obama's trump slap.

been wondering if the russia expellation is a note attached to
the emf/electronic take down of russia's choir.
oh yeah, fake news./s?

MsCreant's picture

Why can't he be doing something awesome, and appealing to Trump too? Petting Trump's ego does not exclude this from having class.

Never One Roach's picture

When Soweeto goes low, the Russian goes high!

peddling-fiction's picture

"When Soweeto goes low, the Russian goes high!"

and Z.ee Dick goes lower. Chuckle.

scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Never One Roach Dec 30, 2016 11:50 AM

What about when Obama and his daughters get high? Who goes low?

ZD1's picture

NeoCon Islamist troll alert. Ohomo has him working overtime.

rccalhoun's picture

didnt obamas advisors see the possibility putin could humiliate them all this way? 

the entire obama 'team' just got educated. (again)


larz's picture

Putin has played chess to ofukstick's checkers for the community organizer vacation boi's entire term.    Jeez let a nigger near tax dollars and see what happens

Fed Supporter's picture

rccalhoun do you think Ben Rhodes the creative writer came up with this ignorant plan.  You know Ben Rhodes is a creative writer, no wonder he fits right in at the white house and works so closely with the media (think fiction).  This piece of shit was responsible for the Iran deal deception. Supposedly him and Obummer think alike per a recent PBS proganda program I watched.



He then moved back to New York, attending New York University and graduating in 2002 with an MFA in creative writing.[5] His brother, David Rhodes, is President of CBS News.[6]

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) rccalhoun Dec 30, 2016 3:36 PM

Give them enough rope, and they'll hang themselves. Anything to avoid public focus on the CONTENT of the stinkin' emails from DNC, Clinton, Podesta, Abedin, Soros, et al.

dogsandhoney2's picture

yeah, they knew. but they wanted to laugh and high5 for a while. before the turkey got stuffed. anything for a few laughs...?

but then again, it does seem like a calling card or cover for something else.

Citizen G's picture

C'mon Max, I'm still on my first cup of coffee! Who?