The expulsion of Russian diplomats is continuation of the sanctions policy towards Russia, said Vyacheslav Smirnov, director of the Research Institute of Political Sociology.
"All these actions are a continuation of sanctions, first of all political sanctions, which must constantly be strengthened, at least in the public opinion of the West," the expert said. - It is necessary to understand that after the United Kingdom expelled Russian diplomats, the US realizes that they were losing their leadership in the pressure on Russia, and the United States media cited the United Kingdom as an example for Trump.
They noted that Trump, unlike the British, shows a little response, congratulating Vladimir Putin on winning the election, and almost like Putin. The US and its President Trump tried in this way to seize the initiative and show first of all to the press and public opinion that sanctions on Russia are continuing. The case of Skripal for Americans is important, and the United States thus consolidates the international community. In fact, we must understand that this is a ritual expulsion of 60 diplomats from the United States, 13 from Ukraine and purely symbolically from other European countries."
Vyacheslav Smirnov recalled that "the new "cold war" began immediately after the Sochi Olympics from the events in Ukraine and the overthrow of Yanukovych. Russia will be able to oppose it sometimes symmetrical, sometimes asymmetrical; it would be a normal balanced thoughtful and extremely tough position on defending the interests of Russia. But the "cold war" is therefore called like that, because it imitates the war and is aimed primarily at shaping public opinion, loud sanctions are sometimes painful enough, but anyway they absolutely are not productive. And no one will be ready for a hot war, at least in the next ten years."
The expert also noted that "the expulsion of diplomats and personal relations between the presidents does not hinder each other. But the principle in politics, not only American, but also previously the Soviet one, was to screw bolts until tight, and then sit down to talk. I think something like this is happening now. "At the same time, Vyacheslav Smirnov stressed that "Trump and British politicians wanted to force the public to consider them as tough and principled politicians. And Russia suits the political elite of Europe and the United States as their enemy – it is usual practice for Russia, and it is necessary to deal with the internal affairs and not pay attention to them. The rapprochement with China is useful, but we must understand that we can rely only on ourself."