By Kevin Bogardus - 02/23/14 10:58 AM EST
Sen. John McCainJohn McCainYes, let’s set politics aside on sage grouse conservation Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Obama's right to tackle redistricting, but it won't be easy 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.”