According to the Voice of America McCain, who is a close friend of his colleague on the Committee on Foreign Relations, and now the U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, said there is an increased talk in the Congress of possible sanctions against Ukrainian officials. "The Foreign Relations Committee will consider the matter. Hard to predict what the outcome will be but we're really concerned about the situation with the violation of basic human rights and the state of democracy in Ukraine," he said.
"The imprisonment of political leaders had a major impact on public opinion here in the Congress. We do not believe that Tymoshenko was convicted after a fair trial. This is the conclusion of international observers, not only here in the United States," said McCain.
The senator said that the U.S. Congress and government are very concerned about not only the treatment of Tymoshenko, but also the slow erosion of human rights and an increase of Russia's interference in the affairs of Ukraine. "The United States understands the importance of Ukraine. This is a big country with a strategic location, and we understand the importance of Ukraine to the security of the United States. I know that the new Secretary of State, John Kerry is very concerned and knows and understands Ukraine," he said.
"What we would like to see is democratization, freedom. We want to have good relations with Ukraine. We would like to see the President of Ukraine visiting Washington, but it is very difficult to welcome him here as long as there are human rights violations in Ukraine," said McCain .
As reported, the U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has prepared a draft resolution for adoption by the House of Representatives of the United States regarding Ukraine and the release of wrongfully convicted former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yurii Lutsenko.