In opinion piece for Russian news website, McCain accuses Putin of corruption and repression

  • Article by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 10:15 AM

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John McCain insisted he is "more pro-Russian" than President Vladimir Putin, accusing Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for a Russian news website answering the Russian leader's broadside last week in The New York Times.

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ffedericoSep. 19, 1311:12 AM

I voted for McCain but I wonder what his point is and who is his intended audience. We need to work with the Russians. People don't like being bashed like that and it can distract them from the job at hand. Try being a little more diplomatic.

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ikyabwaiSep. 19, 1311:51 AM

Putin is nothing more than a war mongering hypocrite. His only interest is prolonging the civil war in Syria so he can sell more weapons to Assad.

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jepop90Sep. 19, 1312:09 PM

For once I agree with Sen McCain. Putin is nothing more than a glorified mafia boss who happens to run a country.

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gearrunrSep. 19, 13 1:39 PM

"His only interest is prolonging the civil war in Syria so he can sell more weapons to Assad." --- Right, that's why Obama wants to lob missiles into Syria, which as we all know, ends these Middle East conflicts virtually instantly. I'm using sarcasm, it may not come through in the type, but I'm using it. Heavy sarcasm. McCain, what a maverick!

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endothermSep. 19, 13 2:18 PM

What McCain says about Putin is basically true, but I don't see what will be gained by U.S. Senators attacking the Russian leadership in Russian newspapers. If anything, McCain's words are likely to make Russians defend Putin. At the end of the day, the U.S. needs to work with the Russian government on a number of major challenges facing the world today. McCain is only puffing up his own ego and making things harder for everybody else.

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ikyabwaiSep. 19, 13 2:38 PM

What McCain says about Putin is basically true, but I don't see what will be gained by U.S. Senators attacking the Russian leadership in Russian newspapers. ============================================= Might want to ask Putin that since he is the one that lobbed the first verbal attack. McCain was simply responding to that and I applaud him for it!

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adliblogSep. 19, 13 5:56 PM

John McCain tells it like it is about Vladimir Putin. He's not the one losing his marbles this time, although judging by some posts the RW hostage takers in DC and their supporters wish they had as credible and accomplished a stone wall liar as Putin for their 2016 presidential candidate in 2016. Putin has definitely overestimated the level of insanity and disunity in the US at this time, although that's hard to do. And the dictator's brief celebrity status as a diplomat and peacemaker has certainly clouded his judgment if it causes him to believe he can renege on the tacit agreement that Syria has used chemical weapons repeatedly and that the WMD's need to be confiscated and destroyed. He's helping to create the right conditions for a pre-emptive strike and regime change.

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adliblogSep. 19, 13 6:00 PM

If anything, McCain's words are likely to make Russians defend Putin.*** au contraire. It will make most of them them grin. After all 1. its true (translatated "Pravda") and 2. They didn't say it so they can't be punished for it.

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jd55604Sep. 19, 13 7:29 PM

As much of a dictator as we all know Putin is; I couldn't find one thing in his op-ed piece that I disagreed with. McCain is so old and out of touch he wants to bomb Assad and give weapons to the same people who were trying to murder our troops in Iraq.

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zekefaxSep. 19, 13 8:27 PM

Hats off to you John! Touche! An answer to the Russian underling making a joke about the US and to Putin! If I'm not mistaking what I heard about who reported this it will be accessed and seen by people who don't follow the normal Russian media outlets that are told how and what to report.

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