Arizona Republican Senator John Mc Cain issued a strong statement on Tuesday against the United States resetting relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, just one day after the Russian leader spoke on the phone with President elect Donald Trump to congratulate him for his election win.
Senator McCain’s statement pointed out that Vladimir Putin has come to the aid of Bashar al Assad in the war against the Syrian people with major Russian air attacks supporting the Syrian leader whose administration in Damascus stands accused of committing war crimes against Syrian civilians.
“Vladimir Putin has rejoined Bashar Assad in his barbaric war against the Syrian people with the resumption of large-scale Russian air and missile strikes in Idlib and Homs. Another brutal assault on the city of Aleppo could soon follow” McCain wrote in his statement.
“With the U.S. presidential transition underway, Vladimir Putin has said in recent days that he wants to improve relations with the United States. We should place as much faith in such statements as any other made by a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies, and attempted to undermine America’s elections” McCain added.
“The Obama Administration’s last attempt at resetting relations with Russia culminated in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and military intervention in the Middle East. At the very least, the price of another ‘reset’ would be complicity in Putin and Assad’s butchery of the Syrian people. That is an unacceptable price for a great nation. When America has been at its greatest, it is when we have stood on the side those fighting tyranny. That is where we must stand again” McCain concluded.
During the presidential campaign, Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for being a strong leader.
Some of Trump’s former campaign staff such as Paul Manafort and possible cabinet pick Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn have clear ties with Russia.
Intrusive hacking against the Democratic National Committee was concluded by U.S. investigative officials as originating from Russia despite FBI Chairman James Comey choosing to not publically address the issue at the end of the election season and advising the Obama administration against accusing Russia of hacking because it would be viewed as partisan too close to the November 8th election.
U.S. led sanctions against Russia after their incursion and annexation of Crimea in 2014 remains intact and a future Trump presidency could ultimately work to undermine those sanctions.
Russia has been accused of staging large troop movements in border areas outside of southeast Ukraine while supporting Russian separatists across southeast Ukraine.
The shooting down of Malaysian Flight MH 17 on July 17,2014 was concluded by Dutch investigators as occurring with a Russian made Buk surface to air missile launched from pro-Russian controlled territories inside southeast Ukraine.
During the presidential election season, Donald Trump came out in support of Britain leaving the European Union with their June Brexit vote.
A weaker NATO and less united European Union are seen as favoring Russian President Vladimir Putin whose aggressive foreign tactics are increasingly been viewed with caution in Europe.