September 13th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
10 months ago

Op-ed for Op-ed: McCain to strike back in 'Pravda'

(CNN) - Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's controversial opinion piece in the New York Times, Sen. John McCain jokingly told CNN's Jake Tapper he'd like to write a commentary for Pravda, the historic Russian newspaper connected to the Communist Party.

Well, now it looks like McCain may get his wish.

According to Foreign Policy's blog The Cable, the editors of Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish an op-ed by the Arizona Republican. The opinion piece will most likely reflect McCain's strong negative views toward Putin.

"We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire, and influence in the world," McCain said Thursday on Tapper's show, "The Lead."

Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda, told The Cable that if McCain wants to write an op-ed, he is "welcome."

"Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already," Sudakov continued. "We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain."

A spokesman for McCain told The Cable that McCain "would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we'll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission."


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soundoff (721 Responses)
  1. JayT

    Quick, someone stick a cork in his mouth... and video poker in his hands... before this warhawk screws something else up.

    September 13, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. VVVVV

    McCain is a hot head. Always wanting to go to war and this is typical of him.

    September 13, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. What a Joke

    I'm sure Secetary General Putin is just quaking in his army boots at the thought of a lecture from that old fossil.

    September 13, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. jimcolyer

    John McCain is a warmonger.

    September 13, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Van Krunk

    McCain, needs to keep his pie hole shut, before he gets us all killed! Van from Arizona.

    September 13, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Guest

    Is it not combination of American and Russians that took Hitler? Why should we not negotiate with Russia on disarming Syria chemical weapons? If Russians are supplying arms to Syria, we are doing the same. No matter what people die on both sides. Force Russians to not sell arms instead.

    September 13, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. scott in LA

    How on earth is he going to write an op ed piece? that would require he at least advance ideas and sell them on paper –as opposed to just saying he doesn't like Russia or something. Putin at least had one or two ideas in his–such as his taking issue with American "exceptionalism" which is a code word for America can do what it wants whereas other countries cannot. Mccain's press release seems to prove the point he is incapable of advancing ideas to convince those who do not already agree with him –as opposed to those who already see eye to eye with him –in that his press release states "Russia has always tried to increase its influence,etc etc"–as if that is something bad and no need to explain why that is bad ,,we are supposed to take that as an article of faith.

    September 13, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Mitch

    Go get him John. You're a good Man. Give him hell. And then, give him hell again. Tell him what you really think.

    September 13, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. DCBill

    Maybe the Senator–as part of his show–could get Sarah Palin to flash her often accentuated (gun) "rack" at Putin. After all she and Putin don't live very far from one another, just go across the Bering Strait, hang left, head west about a million miles and.....

    September 13, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. etret

    So what if Putin is ex-KGB, Bush Sr was an ex-CIA .

    Stupid high-schools kids like mentality Americans politicians have

    September 13, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. mlamantia

    senator mcain,thanks for standing up for whats right, and if you dont mind, please deliver a personal message to mr putin on my behalf: tell him to kindly screw himself, and never preach his crap to me. you can forward my email to him if he wishes to respond. i dont think he will, because he is not accustomed to people who have rights to speak their mind. he is a punk, he looks like one, and possibly smells like one as well.

    September 13, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Shouldn't Have Asked

    Please don't help, we don't need any more Palins or photos of you with terrorists. We hear you spouting every single day, why on earth do you need an op-ed?

    September 13, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. doug

    John McCain is too busy playing poker on his cell phone to write an Op-ed.

    September 13, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Susan

    This could be very good. The two country's should pull closer together and not apart. We'll see how we can both be open-minded understanding each other.

    September 13, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Real

    Something tells me a mountain is being made from a molehill. Does anyone actually care what McCain thinks about anything?

    September 13, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. kotchi

    John McCain is a senile old man who took Sarah Palin as a running mate. Doesn't say much for his mental capacity......

    September 13, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Vladislav Litosh

    I suggest Senator McCain asks Vladimir Putin the following THREE questions:

    1. If you are such a "great ally" of your beloved Syria, HOW COME that not only do you maintain diplomatic relations with its archenemy – the State of Israel – but also have introduced a visa waiver program with this country? For comparison: your beloved USSR severed diplomatic relations with Israel in 1967, and never re-established them; any Soviet Citizen who wanted to go to Israel would automatically be expatriated, and no Israeli citizens were allowed to enter the USSR until 1991. Now, the Israelis, "the enemies", can come to Russia any time they want, whereas the Syrians, "the friends", have to beg for a Russian visa (which is not easy to obtain, especially for applicants from the Middle East).

    2. If you were such a "great ally" of Saddam Hussein, HOW COME you did not do a thing when we, the Americans, invaded to topple him? In fact, would you DARE to EVEN CONSIDER invading or at least Israel, the friend of the USA, just like the USA are invading Muslim countries hostile to Israel???

    3. If the USA, in your own words, represent "the greatest geopolitical enemy of Russia", WHY do you keep Russian Stabilization Fund in the Wall Street, WHY does your daughter live in the Netherlands (the most prominent NATO member with US atomic weapons deployed on its territory), and... WHY did you get so upset about Magnitsky List that bans certain Russian Government Officials (not even including you, which is A PITY!) from entering the USA? In fact, how can you explain your desire to travel to a "hostile" country???

    However odious your beloved USSR may have been, the policy of the Soviet leadership was at least CONSISTENT. They did not keep their money in US banks, they did not send their children to Columbia University (preferring Moscow State University instead), and they did not come to Miami Beach for vacation (preferring the Black Sea instead). The policy of Russia is anything BUT consistent. While denouncing Western Democracies in general and the USA in particular as "enemies", the Russian Government officials keep their money and hold property on the US soil! That's why the Magnitsky List ought to be expanded!!!

    Based on all the above, why should we, the Americans, take ANYTHING you say SERIOUSLY? To me, we might as well listen to Kim Jong Un, who is at least not a hypocrite, and means exactly what he says..

    September 13, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. john.nosetip

    My goodness this guy just won't go away. I would blame Arizona voters but we sent corker to the senate so I can't throw stones

    September 13, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. scriptfoo

    So Putin wrote an opinion to support their plan and made a passing comment that could be loosely interpreted as an insult ... and McCain's response opinion would be what exactly? That the diplomatic solution is wrong and USA is super awesome because Jesus? I get the impression that McCain is getting international politics tips from on-line forum trolls.

    September 13, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Stewie Griffin

    WE have no business even considering striking Syria. Im fed up with politicians. I'm seriously considering leaving the United States never to return. Love it or Leave it , right?

    September 13, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  21. Glo

    Good. Then the rest of the world will see that McCain is a troubled man with too short a fuse to do any good regarding global diplomacy. I'm sure he will write the way he speaks- in a hot headed obnoxious manner representative of his deep seeded self loathing. But Russia is not as closed off to the world as people may think and I have yet to be censored by them in any writings I have ever posted on their news sites, so I am sure they will extend the same courtesies to hot headed McCain if for no other reason than to pity Americans for having to recognize him as a statesman.

    September 13, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. godfrey

    Mccain is doing what real patriots do: hit back at any foreign attack on his president

    September 13, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Inga

    Hmmm... Something is telling me that McCain probably shouldn't do that. He'll embarrass us somehow :)

    September 13, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Dan

    Talk about a loose cannon. Does McCain realize what an ass he is making of himself?

    September 13, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. Psybladez

    For the love of anything holy, please please please, just go away McCain. Please check yourself in to the nearest psychological health facility and get some help.

    September 13, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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