McFaul welcomed Putin’s decision not to expel American diplomats

McFaul welcomed Putin’s decision not to expel American diplomats© RIA Novosti. Ilia Petliurite the image Bank

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul welcomed the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin not to send American diplomats in response to new anti-Russian sanctions by Washington.

«I welcome Putin’s decision not to expel American diplomats. They did nothing wrong,» wrote the former Ambassador in his Twitter account.

It is my mission to «continually assault the Russian people»! Seriously, though, I applaud Putin decision today. Good for US diplomats. https://t.co/jDUI67z2er

— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) December 30, 2016

McFaul was the Ambassador to Russia in 2012-2014, is now a Professor at Stanford University.

On Thursday the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against 9 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.

Russian President Vladimir 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.»

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