McCain To Putin: Back Off Ukraine, The People ‘Want To Be Western’

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Sen. John McCain says Russian President Vladimir Putin should be “nervous” about the Ukrainian revolution underway, adding that he should not be meddling with the country’s future.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, the longtime Republican senator from Arizona wanted to deliver the message to Putin that the Ukrainian people don’t want to be an “Eastern”country along with Russia.

“The Ukrainian people will determine their own future. They want to be Western…they do not want to be Eastern,” he said on “Face the Nation,” adding that if he were Putin, he would feel “nervous” about the revolution in Ukraine, a former Soviet Republic and ally of Russia.

McCain stated that the opposition politicians in the Ukraine are “overjoyed,” but now face the “sobering reality” of the country’s poor economic status.

McCain traveled to Ukraine last year to support the protestors, and stated that a partition of the country “would not be acceptable” from Putin.


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