McCain: NATO key to stopping 'Russian misbehavior'

McCain: NATO key to stopping 'Russian misbehavior'
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEarth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an organization President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE has promised to reexamine, is crucial to stopping future Russian aggression.

"And the best way to prevent Russian misbehavior is by having a credible, strong military and a strong NATO alliance,” the Armed Services chairman said to reporters during a visit to Estonia, according to Reuters.

"I think the presence of the American troops here in Estonia is a signal that we believe in what Ronald Reagan believed, and that is peace through strength," he said. 

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McCain stopped in Estonia during a swing through the Baltic States with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (R-S.C.). Both senators have been highly critical of Trump’s warming to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Trump previously suggested during his presidential campaign that the U.S. would not defend NATO allies unless “they fulfill their obligations to us.” 

Lithuania’s former ambassador to the United States told Reuters that the Baltic states fear Trump and how his administration could handle the U.S.-Russian relationship.

"There is fear in the Baltics about the incoming Trump administration's relationship with Russia, that sanctions against Russia will be weakened or called off, and not strengthened as the Congress would want," Zygimantas Pavilionis told the news outlet.

McCain said that to his knowledge, the United States would not end sanctions issued against Russia following its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

"That is certainly not the case today as I know it,” McCain said.