McFaul said that the Russian sanctions have destroyed his scientific career

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis in fotobanka McFaul. Archival photoMcFaul said that the Russian sanctions have destroyed his scientific career© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis the image Bank

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said that Russian-imposed visa sanctions on his scientific career is over.

«My life has changed,» — said McFaul in an interview with MSNBC host asked how it will affect his life held in Helsinki the meeting of the leaders of Russia and the USA.

«I’m talking to you from Stanford University, I am a Professor, I was a Professor for almost three decades, almost all of my studies were about Russia. More I can’t do research in Russia. It is impossible that I ever dared to go, as I am in the sanctions list at the moment, but even if I exclude from there, I’ll never be able to go to Russia,» said McFaul.

«My scientific career regarding writing papers and research, real research is over,» he said.

McFaul was Ambassador in Moscow from 2012 to 2014. Now he is a Professor at Stanford University and active commentator on Russian-American relations. According to the Russian foreign Ministry, McFaul denied entry to Russia with the phrase «deliberate damage to relations between Moscow and Washington».