“A lot of friends here”: McFaul asked Antonov to help to return to Russia

MOSCOW, 2 Jun — RIA Novosti. Former US Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul addressed to the Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov with the request to help to get his visa sanctions, as he hopes again to be able to visit Russia.

The former diplomat declared that in Russia he has many friends. McFaul also stressed that “eagerly” waiting for the opportunity to visit the country soon.

“I have many friends in Russia. I lived for several years in Russia. You know that I am under the sanctions. I discussed it with Antonov, so I was able to come to Russia”, — he said.

The ban on entry

McFaul was U.S. Ambassador in Moscow in the period from 2012 to 2014. Now he works as a Professor at Stanford University and actively comments on the relations between Russia and the United States.

In November, Moscow has included ex-diplomat to the sanctions list. Later, McFaul commented on the incident, saying that the restrictive measures introduced against him because of his “close ties with Obama”, allegedly in retaliation for sanctions on “people close to Putin”.

However the foreign Ministry explained the true reason for the inclusion McFaul to the list. According to the statement of the Russian foreign Ministry, the sanctions against the former diplomat entered because of his “active participation in the destruction of bilateral relations” and lobbying of political pressure on Moscow.

“Only Michael McFaul, as always, was right: it was included in the return list is not for “closeness to Obama,” as he wrote, and for active participation in the destruction of bilateral relations and as a serial lobbyist campaign of pressure on Russia,” — said the source RIA Novosti in the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
The introduction of sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures
“It’s a surprise”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said that said the closure of the state Department for provision of Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov of access to diplomatic property of Russia in San Francisco.

“This is your property, right? We protect the rights of ownership. It’s a surprise for me,” he said, speaking with Antonov at Stanford University.

In addition, McFaul acknowledged that Washington is obliged to explain the reasons for Moscow’s seizure and blocking Russian departmenti.

“I’m just not a lawyer, so I don’t know what is right and wrong. I think, you know, if we’re confiscating this property, then we at least have to explain why,” he concluded.
The resumption of contacts

McFaul expressed the opinion that Russia and the United States should resume contacts between the legislative bodies.

Ex-diplomat has promised that you will recommend to your “friends in politics” to take appropriate steps.

“Yes, I believe that people need to meet. I support any contacts. I’ll talk to my friends in politics,” said McFaul to the question of RIA Novosti, will he urge members of Congress to renew contacts with Russian parliamentarians.

A former U.S. Ambassador to Russia has said it will urge us congressmen to meet with Antonov.

“I do not agree with this decision (refusal of congressmen to meet with Antonov). And I will call them (to meet with the Ambassador). I have many friends in the U.S. Congress, including leaders of the Democrats. I think it’s important to meet”, — said McFaul.
Sparring with Pushkov

Earlier, former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and Senator Alexei Pushkov made a skirmish on Twitter because of the Russian law on mass media-Inosanto. The American diplomat criticized the position of Russian authorities on this question, to which cannon replied that the state Department condemned the initiative of the Russian authorities, although in the US the same law of FARA has been in place for 80 years. The MP also said that such behavior is “the ecstasy of double standards.”

However, the former Ambassador did not agree with the statement fluff. In his opinion, “these two law — not one and the same.”

The Russian parliamentarian has not disregarded this comment McFaul.

“McFaul told me that their law and our law are not one and the same. Of course, in the US, all the better. And bombs are more humane and rockets at them more humane,” — said the American diplomat a Russian Senator.

Pushkov also pointed out the difference between Russian and American laws.

“The difference between our and their law in parts of the media only in the fact that a number of media there already are recognized as registered as foreign agents, and we have none. This difference we will eliminate” — said the MP.

He also stressed that in the United States for violation of the FARA law provides criminal penalties for a period up to five years, while Russia is only a fine of up to five million rubles for refusal to register noagenda. “The Department of state be silent”, — concluded the MP.

The American Ambassador did not continue the skirmish, including because of the criticism that was heaped upon him from other users of the microblog.

Subsequently, the former Ambassador tried to explain that the blame — “Russian intervention” in U.S. elections, which led to even more criticism.