"What is Vladimir Putin doing now? They have taken Crimea, they have solidified their positions in eastern Ukraine, they have now just in the last week or two, moved more tanks and equipment into Ukraine. They have slaughtered over 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers. Are you worried about provoking Vladimir Putin?" said the senator being asked about the possible reaction of Moscow on the supply of US weapons to Ukraine.
According to him, Putin's plan is now being implemented: "He is, for the first time since the end of WWII a country is being dismembered in Europe and we won't give them (Ukrainians - Ed.) weapons to defend themselves. My, my!"
Herewith, McCain said: "Listen those 300,000 people I saw in Maidan in sub-freezing weather, they don't want to be part of Russia, they don't want to see their country dismembered as is happening today and they deserve our help, by providing them with weapons. I mean, to think that we shouldn't, and worry about provoking Vladimir Putin….