The United States is continuing to give Russian president Vladimir Putin “less than a slap on the wrist” for his country’s alleged role in shooting down a commercial airliner, according to John McCain.
“The point here is that Vladimir Putin is literally getting away with murder,” the Arizona Republican told CNN on Tuesday. “I mean literally, and we are doing very little in response.”
Two hundred ninety eight passengers and crew died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile last week in a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
McCain argued that the tepid response by the U.S. and European governments to the tragedy is an extension of the West’s inability to seriously address Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine, the Crimean peninsula, earlier this year.
“For us not to point the finger of blame exactly where it belongs — there’s ample, overwhelming evidence, and not only because of this particular act, but because of Vladimir Putin’s continued aggression and fomenting of aggression in Ukraine,” he said.