McCain: More “Pro-Russian” Than Putin

Putin_Russia_2013MOSCOW, Russia — Sen. John McCain said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “destroying” his country’s reputation in a blistering op-ed article for one of the country’s leading news websites early Thursday.

The Arizona Republican accused Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, a scathing retort to a New York Times editorial by Putin last week.

Questioning Putin’s alliance with Syrian President, Bashar Assad, which he called one of “the world’s most offensive and threatening tyrannies,” McCain asked: “How has he strengthened Russia’s international stature?”

McCain said he had written the article in response to the accusation from the editor, Dmitry Sudakov, that he was “an active anti-Russian politician” and claimed he was, “more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.”

Source: NBC News