By Kevin Bogardus - 02/23/14 10:58 AM EST
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainPrimary opponent: McCain has 'issues about race' Clinton, Trump sharpen attacks The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.”