December 6, 2017 / 11:35 AM / a year ago

Russia says Olympic ban part of broader attack on Russia

FILE PHOTO: Russia's flag-bearer Alexander Zubkov leads his country's contingent during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A decision by the International Olympic Committee to bar Russia’s team from next year’s Winter Olympics is part of a larger international campaign to pressure Russia, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

She told a news conference that because attempts to isolate Russia economically and politically had failed, the focus of Russia’s adversaries had switched to sport instead.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Dmitry Solovyov

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