PUTIN ORDERED TO LEAVE 755 US STAFF IN RUSSIA




Ayberk Eryılmaz- TDO- 01.08.2017- Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to cut hundreds of American’s diplomatic stuff in Russia. It is thought to be the largest expulsion of diplomats from any country in modern diplomatic history. Even though the decision was made on Friday in retaliation for new US sanction against Russia, Putin has just confirmed the decision that 755 diplomats will leave from Russia till 1 September.  In that situation the number of staff in duty of US diplomatic mission will reduce to 455 which is equate the Russian’s compliment in USA. At the same time, Russian administration seized the holiday properties and a warehouse used by US diplomats. Even though, the White House opposed to this package, it approved overwhelmingly in US Congress. Actually, President Donald Trump wants close relationship between the two countries so he is prone not to put into effect but US Congress also limited his power with the result of this provision. That is to say, White House announced that Trump will sign the sanction bill.

In this position, US side has been assessing the effect of measures held by Russian and will conceive how to respond it. On the other hand, Putin made a statement to Russian television that Russia was waiting for a long time and expecting that the situation and affiliation would change for better. He indicated the current situations depict that changing and advance will not come soon. Putin also pointed out that Russian government could take more resolutions against America but he is “against it as of today”. That means that he took into account to give conciliatory notes. He continued by saying that “there are more than 1,000 diplomats and support staff who are still working in Russia, this is supernumerary so 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation”

U.S. Congress approved the new sanctions against Russia by propounding the annexation of Crimea and meddling in the US election. The package also covers Iran and North Korea. Afterwards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made his first expression by saying that the package was showing the extremist aggression of US in international affairs. Russian Foreign Minister Deputy Sergei Ryabkov asserted that this retaliation is overdue and still there are some different options on the table. Ryabkov also indicated that "If the US side decides to move further deterioration, we will respond in kind. We will mirror this. We will retaliate. But my whole point is, don't do this, it is to the detriment of the interests of the US.

Apparently, mutual disputes of two super-states leads to some dangerous aspects because the mutual aggression would trigger the problems which are existing in South east Asia and Middle East. Therefore, these two countries should work together as much as possible and focus on collaborating the issues such as nonproliferation of mass destructions weapons, fight with terrorism, refugee crisis and so on.

American Intelligence Services claim that Russia and especially Putin interfering the US election in order to defeat Hillary Clinton and Trump and his team have good affairs with Russian administration. Both Putin administration and Trump have rejected this claim. In Obama administration send 35 Russian diplomats and seized two facilities which belong to Russian diplomatic mission on the grounds that Hillary Clinton’s and her team’s e-mails were divulgated in the election period. At the time, Russia did not response specifically because Putin was not impetuous to make a decision.