The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova accused the former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul in a long-term damage to bilateral relations. Precisely because it is made in the Russian sanction lists, she said in the program “Sunday evening” on TV channel “Russia 1″.
Previously, McFaul wrote in his Twitter account that may not come to Russia, as was in “the list of sanctions of the Kremlin” because of his close ties with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Zakharov stressed that closer ties with US President Barack Obama are not the reason for the decision: “of Course, it’s retaliation. For me it is self-evident. And what he wrote that it was included for its proximity to Obama, (it) does not have any relationship.”
“This man deliberately spoil the bilateral relations… we are Talking about permanent, long-term damage”, – quotes the representative of the foreign Ministry, the Agency TASS.
Former Ambassador learned about the inclusion in the sanctions list, when trying to obtain a visa in Russia to come and assist in the “transition mode” Clinton, “but this is not required.” The McFaul did not rule out that might be in the “black list” of 2014, but learned about it only now, when he needed a Russian visa.
Source TASS, the Russian foreign Ministry confirmed that the former Ambassador is under Russian sanctions for more than two years and included in the closed lists of the foreign Ministry. However, the interviewee arguedthat his activities is not relevant, but included it in the lists of “mirror in response to unfriendly actions of the Obama administration”.
McFaul worked for the U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.