By Blake Neff - 08/08/13 09:43 PM EDT
GOP Sen. John McCain said Russia’s recent actions towards the United States have “reset” relations with America back to the Cold War era.
“The Russians have reset, they’ve reset alright — back to about 1955,” the Arizona lawmaker said in an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead.”
McCain also repeated the suggestions he and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made earlier Thursday that the president push back against Russia in a variety of ways. Their joint press release called for allowing Georgia into NATO, completing a European missile defense shield and strengthening the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law meant to punish Russians linked to human rights violations.
McCain denied that he was deliberately seeking a confrontation with Russia.
“It’s not a confrontation, it is just a realistic approach to a country that is not acting in the interest of world peace,” said McCain.