The United States needs “to rein in” Russia. This statement was made by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul in an interview with the Estonian newspaper Postimees.
According to McFaul, Russia’s actions need strong and specific response. “The United States should, in accordance with [their] needs to rein in Russia and meet her” — he said (quoted by “Interfax”).
McFaul noted that he was “impressed” with the actions of the US against Russia. “Never in the history of Russian-American relations, sanctions have not been applied to such a large number of people and businesses,” he explained.
The former Ambassador said he believes the correct decisions were taken to strengthen NATO. “The policy of Russia has led to the fact that the Alliance is forced to reflect the threat posed by Russia, and NATO began to make steps towards this,” said McFaul.
He also stated that he knew nothing about the promise not to expand NATO to the East. “This statement is fiction. My experience with Russian diplomats showed that Russians want absolutely everyone to be committed to paper, all need written contracts. Then why not this contract?” McFaul said, answering the question of whether there was such an agreement.
In the summer of 2015 McFaul advised Russia to “relax” about the protective arms of NATO at the Russian borders. He also wrote on his Twitter page, that NATO will never attack Russia, because, in his opinion, to do so can only “complete fool”. “Fortunately, these fools in the leadership of NATO there,” wrote McFaul in response to a comment one of the users.
Michael McFaul was the U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2011 to 2014. About the reasons for his resignation McFaul told the Kommersant newspaper: “let’s just Say I was not an ordinary Ambassador, in many areas and respects I was unconventional, and proud of that. The time of my departure is entirely due to family circumstances”. He currently teaches at Stanford University, graduating in 1986. The post of US Ambassador to Russia McFaul has replaced John Tefft.
In April 2016, the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called McFaul, “the antiprimerom” behavior of the head of the diplomatic mission. “When in the first days of his stay, instead of coming to meet with colleagues from the foreign Ministry, meet with the opposition is disrespectful to the state in which you arrived” — said Zakharov.
In response McFaul wrote in his Twitter that “will take that as a compliment”.