McCain: I’m more pro-Russian than Putin

US Senator John McCain has said that he is “more pro-Russian” than the government of President Vladimir Putin which “misrules” the Russian people “today.”

In an op-ed published by the Russian news website Pravda.ru on Thursday, the Republican Senator from Arizona said, “Russians deserve better than Putin.”

“I make that claim because I respect your dignity and your right to self-determination. I believe you should live according to the dictates of your conscience, not your government,” McCain said in his op-ed.

McCain’s comments come as he called a recent diplomatic agreement between the US and Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons “a loser” while poll results showed about 80 percent of the American people supported the deal.

Moreover, the hawkish US senator has long been calling for military intervention in Syria amid an overwhelming opposition among America’s war-weary public to any US attacks on Syria.

McCain’s op-ed was in response to an opinion piece by the Russian President in The New York Times that said a possible US attack on Syria “is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.”

“The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council,” Putin added in his op-ed.

The Russian President’s article also angered President Barack Obama who boasted in his answer to Putin about America’s “Cadillacs and Lincolns” and its “fast food businesses” in Russia to defend his remarks that the US is “exceptional.”

Referring to Obama’s speech from the White House on September 10 in which he said the US policy “makes us exceptional,” Putin warned in his op-ed that “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”

“We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal,” Putin wrote in his article.

By Press TV

 

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