McCain: Putin might be ‘little nervous’

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.

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Ukraine has descended into a political crisis this week, with its president fleeing the capital of Kiev, which has been gripped by opposition protests. Speaking on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” McCain said Ukraine cannot be split into two, and Putin should let the country’s citizens chart Ukraine’s path forward.

“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.”