By Jeremy Herb - 06/25/13 05:50 PM EDT
“I’m just amazed that we don’t get what Putin is up to,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters. “He’s trying to recreate the old Soviet Union attitude and image.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that it was time for the U.S. to re-evaluate its relationship with “a country that is violating all international norms and international behavior.”
In addition to Snowden, McCain cited Russia’s support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and its decision to supply the Assad regime with weapons.
“It does not mean a re-ignition of the Cold War, but it means a very clear and uncluttered view ... about our relationship with Russia,” McCain said.
“That means, for example, we should proceed with missile defense in Europe,” he added, citing another policy difference between Republicans and the Obama administration.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) took a more cautious approach, saying he thought the Obama administration had reacted appropriately thus far by expressing its “deep disappointment.”
“I think the relationship is chilly enough without having to make it chillier,” Levin said.