The foreign Minister explained the sanctions against McFaul applying the “purposeful damage”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul included in the sanctions list of Russia due to the application of targeted damage relations between Moscow and Washington. This was stated by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, the TV channel “Russia 1”.

She explained that the proximity McFaul to the current President Barack Obama is not the cause of making it to the remedial list as he suggested.

“We just didn’t know about the closeness, but all this is irrelevant. We are talking about deliberate damage to bilateral relations”, — said Zakharov.

In her words, McFaul is a person “who deliberately spoil bilateral relations.” She clarified that the inclusion of the former Ambassador to the list — “this is a response, mirror”.