In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent op-ed criticizing U.S. policy in regards to Syria in the New York Times, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has written his own op-ed in Russian for the website Pravda.ru. And he starts it off with a bang.
“I am not anti-Russian. I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.”
Whereas Putin beat around the bush in his thoroughly critical op-ed of United States policy, McCain jumps right in and doesn’t mince his words when giving his thoughts on Putin’s government.
“President Putin claims his purpose is to restore Russia to greatness at home and among the nations of the world. But by what measure has he restored your greatness? He has given you an economy that is based almost entirely on a few natural resources that will rise and fall with those commodities. Its riches will not last. And, while they do, they will be mostly in the possession of the corrupt and powerful few. Capital is fleeing Russia, which — lacking rule of law and a broad-based economy — is considered too risky for investment and entrepreneurism. He has given you a political system that is sustained by corruption and repression and isn't strong enough to tolerate dissent.”