UPDATE: Russian President Says He Won't Expel US DiplomatsFollowing the suggestion of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergei Lavrov, to expel 35 US diplomats, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Friday said that he would not expel any US diplomats
He said in a statement:
We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not expel anyone.
Indicating that the ball was in the court of the next US administration, Putin said however that Moscow reserved the right to retaliate after Washington’s decision to expel 35 diplomats, who have 72 hours to leave the country.
According to international practice, Russia has all the grounds for a comparable response.
Reserving the right to retaliatory measures, we… will be planning our next steps in restoring US-Russian relations based on the policies pursued by the administration of president Donald Trump, Putin added.
Russian diplomats returning to the motherland will spend their holidays with friends and family, at home