Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will not send representatives to Washington in response to the US sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
"Returning to his homeland, Russian diplomats will spend the New Year holidays in the circle of relatives and friends - at home. We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not send anyone. We will not prohibit their families and children to use for their usual resting places in the New Year holidays ", - Putin's words are on the Kremlin website.
He also invited all the children of American diplomats on the Christmas tree in the Kremlin.
At the same time, Putin said that Russia has every reason to adequate response to the US action, but Moscow, he said, will not go down "to the level of" kitchen "irresponsible diplomacy." Relations have decided to build on the basis of the policy of the new administration of President Donald Trump.
Actions as the Obama administration he regarded as provocative, contrary to the interests of both countries and the world. Putin also expressed his regret over the fact that the US leader finishes his work in the high office was the introduction of new sanctions and expulsion of diplomats.
"Nevertheless, I congratulate him and his family a Happy New Year," - said Putin's statement.
He also congratulated the elected head of the United States, Donald Trump and all the people of the United States and wished welfare and prosperity.
Recall, on the eve of the US imposed new sanctions against Russia and Russian diplomats expelled 35. Foreign Ministry suggested to Putin in response 35 also send US diplomats.