Putin Issues New Year’s Greetings To Foreign Leaders, Snubs Obama
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In the wake of accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, ties between the two countries have been strained, culminating in President Obama’s expulsion of more than 30 Russian diplomats and a bevy of sanctions, a move reminiscent of Cold War era politics.
Reported by Western Journalism:
Russia’s response to these actions, however, was one of dismissal, as President Vladimir Putin declined to retaliate, instead offering an olive branch to U.S. diplomats and expressing an interest in mending relations under President-elect Donald Trump.
Putin further described Obama’s actions as “regrettable,” saying it was a poor way to end his second term.
“It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner,” Putin said Friday. “Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.”
A day later, however, Putin declined to congratulate the sitting U.S. president in his annual New Year’s greeting statement to foreign leaders.
Instead, the Russian leader offered congratulations to Trump, an act many are seeing as a snub of President Obama.
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