President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia announced that he would not retaliate against the United States’ decision to expel Russian diplomats and impose new sanctions — hours after his foreign minister recommended doing just that.
But only after, I'd bet, Putin's private, cunning and, shall we say, rather irresistible recommendation to his foreign minister that he do just that.
Russian foreign ministers aren't known for going rogue.
The New York Times characterizes "the switch" as "remarkable." I'd suggest the only remarkable development here is that the NYT could be so naive.