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U.S. Ambassador McFaul Slams Young People For Meddling With His Visit to NGO
Moscow Times - themoscowtimes.com - 3.29.12 - JRL 2012-59

MOSCOW. March 29 (Interfax) - U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has described behavior of a group of journalists persistently trying to interview him before his meeting with Lev Ponomaryov, the leader of the group For Human Rights, as barbarian and violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Mike McFaul and Barack Hussein Obama II
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"It looks like I am in a barbarian country. This is abnormal. It never happens in my country, in England, Germany, or China. It happens only here and only with you," McFaul told several young people who introduced themselves as journalists and were trying for several minutes to learn from McFaul what he was going to discuss with Ponomaryov.

NTV posted a video record of the conversation, which was in Russian, on its website on Thursday.

"Aren't you ashamed of doing this? This insults your country, do you understand this?" McFaul told the journalists.

The ambassador also pointed out that he was not wearing a coat while they kept interviewing him and that this was not polite of them, but they still went on to ask him more and more questions.

McFaul tried to explain to the reporters that his meetings with members of civil society were absolutely legitimate and conventional. "This is normal. This is called diplomatic work," he said.

The journalists, however, refused to answer when McFaul repeatedly asked them how they had learned that he was going to meet with Ponomaryov.

NTV told Interfax in commenting on the posting of this video on its website, "We first considered this footage private video. But, reading Lev Ponomaryov's comments on the matter to Interfax, we reviewed the scope of the event. Therefore, we decided to publish this footage on our website."

Ponomaryov had told Interfax earlier on Thursday that unidentified people attempted to provoke McFaul while he was visiting the office of his NGO.

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MOSCOW. March 29 (Interfax) - U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has described behavior of a group of journalists persistently trying to interview him before his meeting with Lev Ponomaryov, the leader of the group For Human Rights, as barbarian and violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

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"It looks like I am in a barbarian country. This is abnormal. It never happens in my country, in England, Germany, or China. It happens only here and only with you," McFaul told several young people who introduced themselv