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 Russia bars former US Ambassador McFaul "because of his close affiliation with Obama"

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul says he was included on the Kremlin's sanction lists prohibiting him to travel to Russia.

Michael McFaul wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

He wrote: "Confirmed that I am on the Kremlin's sanction lists and cannot travel to Russia.

"Was told that I am the Kremlin's sanctions list because of my close affiliation with Obama. I will take that as a compliment! The U.S. sanctioned Russians close to Putin.

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"To the best of my knowledge, George Kennan was the last U.S. ambassador to USSR/Russia to be banned from traveling there. Good company! Hope that I am not on the Russia travel ban list forever. Since 1983, I've been living in and traveling to that country," the former U.S. ambassador wrote.

Michael McFaul is the former United States Ambassador to Russia, resigning in February 2014 for family reasons. Prior to his nomination to the ambassadorial position, McFaul worked for the U.S. National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs. After his tenure as ambassador in Moscow, McFaul returned to Stanford University as a Professor of Political Science

Read more: US stance on Russia sanctions remains unchanged, - Department of State


As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced.

The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.

Read more: US, Europe united on Russia sanctions, - Kerry

The Russian Federation introduced a package of retaliation restrictions against the EU, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruit, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one-year period.
 
 
 
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