This from Putin, in response to Obama’s sanctions on Russia, has got to hurt:
We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. …
Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration…
It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.
My season’s greetings also to President-elect Trump and the American people.
Run along, Obama, says Putin. You’re no longer relevant.
And the Russian embassy in the UK tweets, “President Obama expels 35 🇷🇺 diplomats in Cold War deja vu. As everybody, incl 🇺🇸 people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.”
Of course, this really isn’t funny. Russia is—as Mitt Romney famously said in the third 2012 debate, a statement that Obama ridiculed—well, that’s just watch it again: