Expert: Putin again beat Obama decision not to impose counter-sanctions

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Russian President Vladimir Putin once again beating US President Barack Obama in the political field, deciding not to enter against Washington’s retaliatory sanctions, said on Friday, RIA Novosti Vice President of the Washington political «Eurasia center» Earl Rasmussen.

On Thursday, the Obama administration has imposed sanctions against nine Russian institutions, companies and individuals, including against the GRU and the FSB, for «meddling in the election» and «the pressure on us diplomats» working in Russia. The USA closed the Russian diplomats access to two residential complexes, the so — called suburban «summer cottages» of the permanent mission of the Russian Federation in new York and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, which is the Russian diplomatic property. In addition, persona non grata declared 35 Russian diplomats.

Putin said that Moscow will not send American diplomats in response to Washington’s actions. He stressed that according to established international practice, Russia has all grounds for an adequate response. Moscow reserves right to retaliate, but would not stoop to the level of «cooking» diplomacy, said the head of state. Putin described the hostile actions of the Obama administration as «provocative, aimed at further undermining Russian-American relations.»

«The next day after the Obama administration put forward unsubstantiated allegations in the invasion of the electoral system in the United States and imposed sanctions against Russian diplomats and organizations, President Putin has again changed the US, giving a much better diplomatic answer,» said Rasmussen.

According to him, «despite recommendations to do an equivalent and justifiable actions against American diplomats in Russia, he decided to rise above it and to avoid unnecessary interference with foreign policy of elected President of the United States Donald trump».

«The decision (Putin) to wait and see what steps will be taken by the new US administration, indicates the high professionalism of him and his foreign policy team,» Rasmussen said.