Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends the "Rome 2017 MED, Mediterranean dialogues" in Rome, Italy, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
MOSCOW - 6 December 2017: 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.
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