A hard line has been taken by the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, or VGTRK, which said Tuesday that if Team Russia isn't competing in South Korea, it won't broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics. Investigators say Russian officials went to elaborate means to ensure a better showing - and it worked, as Russia's athletes more than doubled their medal count by winning 33 medals (13 of them gold), the most of any country.
"Most of the accusations are based on facts that have not been proven and are largely unfounded", Putin said.
He also suggested the move was political, and that Moscow was partly to blame for providing the IOC with a convenient pretext to ban its Olympic team.
The IOC's decision comes 18 months after it decided not to impose an outright ban on Russian athletes ahead of Rio and told global sports federations to decide individually on the participation of Russians at the Olympics in Brazil.
However, in a bid to protect "innocent athletes", the door has been left open for Russians to compete as an "Olympic Athlete of Russia", as long as they satisfy strict conditions that show they have a doping-free background.
"Some athletes work out for maybe three years to get ready for the Olympics".
In a detail unlikely to impress the International Olympic Committee, a former athlete banned in the Sochi doping investigation, Alexander Zubkov, is now in charge of the Russian Bobsled Federation and will oversee athletes' preparation.
Haley said USA officials will monitor activity in the region closely, and determine a way to ensure athletes are protected. He also noted that it was "very important" that the neutral uniforms that Russian athletes would wear would still have the word "Russia" on them.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "Today we gave the Russian delegation the opportunity to express themselves".
Russian President Vladimir Putin won't boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics.
"The decision is controversial.Fair competition has always remained the basis for developing sports in our country".
Russian Federation hosted the last Winter Olympics, in 2014.
"Russia has been punished, including the government in the guise of Mutko, but there exists a way out for those athletes who have nothing to do with this".
In addition to the 2018 ban for Russia's representation as a country, the IOC fined the Russian Olympic Committee $15 million and suspended its president, Alexander Zhukov, as an IOC member.
It said the IOC's actions proved that "you can destroy a whole Olympic country on the basis of indirect evidence and a single witness who was under a criminal investigation and has been treated in a psychiatric hospital". "I am proud of my country; it is a great honor for me to represent it at the games".
The Kremlin leader said a final decision on Russia's stance regarding the IOC ban would be made at a meeting of Russian Olympic authorities in the coming days.
Whether or not they compete under their own flag, ski jumping and Nordic combined seem unlikely to result in any medals for Russians.