By Alexandra Jaffe - 04/13/14 12:42 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been “encouraged” by what McCain sees as a lackluster response to Russian aggression against Ukraine, adding that Ukrainian officials feel "abandoned" by the U.S.
And he declared that they’re “a result, very frankly, of our result to enact anything really meaningful and important” in response to Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
“It's obvious that he is encouraged by the fact that we sanctioned a few people and suspended him, didn't even throw him out, of the G-8,” he added.
McCain went on to argue that the government should not only go further with some “very, very severe sanctions” that could have at least a short-term financial impact on the U.S. and its European allies, but it should also arm the Ukrainians to help them fight back against Putin.
“We ought to at least, for God's sake, give them some light weapons with which to defend themselves. So far, this administration's not only not done that, but they won't even share some intelligence with the Ukrainian government,” he said.
“I can tell you from my conversations with people in the government, they feel abandoned by us. And rightfully so. This is shameful.”