Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions
The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US. He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait.
“We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published by the Kremlin website.
Putin said that, unlike the Obama administration, Russia will not target foreign diplomats and their families days before New Year’s celebrations. “We will not forbid families and children from spending the New Year’s holidays at the places they are used to. Moreover, I invite the children of all American diplomats with accreditation in Russia to New Year’s and Christmas festivities in the Kremlin,” the Russian president said.
Putin said he regretted that US President Barack Obama is ending his term “in such a way,” but that he extended his New Year’s congratulations to the outgoing US president and his family nevertheless. “I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and the entire American people!” he concluded.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested that Russia respond to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US by expelling 35 American diplomats from Russia. Similarly, the eviction of a Russian diplomatic staff from two vacation houses in the US would be mirrored by a similar eviction of Americans in Russia.
President Obama targeted Russian diplomats as a part of wider sanctions against Russian, which he justified by the alleged interference by the Russian government in the November presidential election in the US. Moscow denies the allegations
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has proposed expelling 35 American diplomats in response to the recent sanctions imposed by Washington.
“Russia’s Foreign Ministry and their colleagues from other agencies have proposed that President Vladimir Putin proclaim 31 employees of the US Embassy in Moscow and four diplomats from the US Consulate service in St. Petersburg as persons ‘non-grata,’” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, as cited by news agencies.
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The proposal also includes a ban on using a recreation facility and storage facility used by American diplomats in Moscow, according to Lavrov.
“We hope these proposals will be reviewed as quickly as possible,” he said.
At the same time, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has refuted a report put out by CNN claiming that Russia will close a school for children of English-speaking diplomats.
Earlier this morning, CNN said that Russian authorities had “ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow” in retaliation for the expulsion of 35 members of Russia’s diplomatic staff from the US. The news channel cited an anonymous “US official briefed on the matter” as the source of the information.
The school “serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, to US and foreign nationals,” the report said.
“This is lies. Apparently the White House has gone completely mad and began to invent sanctions against their own children,” Zakhrarova wrote on her Facebook page.
She added, apparently addressing the journalist: “And don’t write that ‘Moscow has denied… or Moscow will not…’ Write it as it is: ‘CNN and other Western Media once again spread false information, citing US officials.’”
On Thursday, President Obama gave 35 Russian diplomats no more than 72 hours to leave the US, while also evicting Russian diplomats from facilities in Maryland and New York. The new anti-Russian sanctions are part of Obama’s parting shot at Moscow, which he claims interfered in the US presidential election – an allegation that Moscow has repeatedly written off as “nonsense.”
Russia’s first response to this latest move was a sarcastic tweet from the Russian embassy in London that featuring a duckling with the word ‘lame’ over it.
“What really strikes me is the hypocrisy of the American reaction, it’s so childish, it’s obvious sour grapes for having lost, for Clinton’s having lost the election,” former UK diplomat Peter Ford told RT.
“America interferes in elections and referenda around the world every week. Only a few months ago, Obama came to Britain and brazenly and openly interfered into Brexit conspiring with David Cameron in a clearly prearranged script,” Ford said, recounting Obama’s threats to put the UK at “the back of the queue” for trade deals with the US if it voted to quit the EU in June.
Parsifal, December 24, 2016 Here are some photos of how things looks currently in Aleppo and what people do there.
As we all know, the mainshit media lie to us constantly, and only spread Fake News about Aleppo.
I stress, all the photos which I show now are fully up to date from Aleppo and how it really is:
It has snowed in Aleppo.
The residents celebrate the liberation of the city by the victorious Syrian Army:
A service of worship in a Christian Church ... Yes, in Aleppo !
Christmas is also celebrated publicly:
for the residents, the heroes of Aleppo are President Putin, President Assad, and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah :
Residents would like to thank the Russian Special Forces to help in the liberation with a peace-medal:
The government of the province of Aleppo will clean the streets of debris and garbage, and prepares the return for the refugees:
Fortunately none of the inhabitants were injured at least.
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The airport of Aleppo will soon be opened
After the almost complete liberation of Aleppo by the Syrian Army, the Syrian authorities fully to take the international airport of Aleppo for the civil aviation operational again.
The second largest airport in Syria was closed for safety reasons due to the heavy fighting with the radical Islamic terrorists since the beginning of 2013.
One of the room keepers delighted to be able to back for work, in order to bring the terminal to a high gloss.
She shows the V for Victory in the camera:
Now, the process to review the technical facilities and to repair the damage to the runway and the buildings.
The enthusiasm with which the Syrian government and the people of Aleppo restore normality is noteworthy and sure soon back.
The rest of the murderous scum and their baggage had to leave on Thursday with buses the East of Aleppo in the direction of Turkey, and the city can be described from now on, terrorists free !!!
In the higher-lying parts of the city is snow:
The following Fake News the German ARD Tagesschau reported currently on Aleppo:
'The city of Aleppo is become a symbol of the destruction of the gory civil war in Syria. The once-thriving metropolis is after five years of Assad-bombing a ruin'
An utter lie, as I have shown with several photos.
The destruction is limited only to certain parts of the city and mainly to the East of Aleppo, where mostly foreign terrorists and their leaders, namely the approx. 40 NATO/Mossad/MI6 officers had taken root.
What the lying media also does not tell about the destruction - it is entirely caused by weapons supplied by the West and Turkey and smuggled inside The Syrian Arab Republic.
These weapons have not fallen as a heavenly gift to the terrorists.
Historical date: 18:00 PM, local time, on may 22. December 2016 has been declared the leadership of the Syrian army in the city of Aleppo of terrorists.
I congratulate the Army, the Russian Special Forces, the fighters of Hezbolah and mostly the population of Aleppo to this victory, after 4 1/2 years of war in this huge city.
And 'a middle finger' I am pointing in the direction of Washington, London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Ankara, Riyadh, Tel Aviv and other major cities of the war criminals, who caused this war and kept going.
The mendacious media hookers in the service of evil to get herewith an extra one !
With all the joy but I wish to commemorate the Russian Ambassador Andrey Karłów, who was murdered by a Turkish policeman in a very cowardly and sneaky way with several shots in the back.
My condolences to his widow, family members, and to the Russian people.
What happens with the 'evacuees' - terrorists ?
Coming at the invitation of The Merkel as refugees unhampered to Europe, and may exercise, in France, Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Suisse and elsewhere their acquired terror craftmanship.
Or, hopefully, if fled to the terror-stronghold in the Syrian province of Idlib - be bombed.