Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMulvaney vows to give Trump straight talk on entitlements Overnight Defense: McCain grills Trump's budget pick | Dems seek to limit Trump on nukes | Senators weigh new round of base closures Overnight Finance: Trump budget pick on the hot seat | Dems' T infrastructure plan | Deficit to hit 1B in 2019 | Trump meets automakers | Pipelines back on MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the United States should tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to let the Ukrainians decide their own future.
“What does Putin do here? I think the message has to be sent to him to let the Ukrainian people to determine their own future and a partition of Ukraine is totally unacceptable,” McCain said. “I think to speak out, make the message clear to Vladimir Putin that a partition of the country would not be acceptable.”
McCain added that Putin might be nervous seeing pro-democracy demonstrations overthrow a neighbor’s government.
“The people of Russia have watched this transpire, and they are tired of the crony capitalism and the kleptocracy that governs Russia today,” McCain said. “If I were him, I would be little nervous.”