August 11th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain again condemns Russian military action

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain condemned Russia's military actions in Georgia."]ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - With his Democratic rival vacationing in Hawaii, John McCain used the political vacuum to polish his foreign policy credentials on Monday morning, issuing a lengthy statement to reporters condemning Russian military action in Georgia and calling for further diplomatic against the Kremlin.

“Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government’s actions will have for Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe,” he said.

Watch: McCain condemns Russian military

The presumptive Republican nominee said Americans should be concerned with the “remote, obscure” country because of its commitment to democracy as well as strategically important trade routes and an oil pipeline that flows through Tblisi. He also noted that Georgia was “one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion.”

He accused Russia of trying to intimidate other neighbors like Ukraine who have sought to strengthen ties with the West.

McCain called on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to travel to Europe and begin “high-level diplomacy” to support Georgian independence, and demanded that Russia call a cease-fire and withdraw all troops from Georgian territory. He urged the U.N. Security Council to condemn the violence, even with the threat of a Russian veto. Russia's actions, he said, must be submitted to "the court of world opinion."

In his remarks, McCain repeatedly mispronounced the name of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. The gaffe comes in the wake of several incidents last month when he referred to the Czech Republic as the nation of “Czechoslovakia,” which no longer exists.

The Arizona senator spoke with the Georgian president over the weekend about the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Mike....Really? Annex Eastern Europe?

    The US has no respect due to the idiot President; his clueless, war-mongering gang; and the fact that we have strained our resources in Iraq.

    Action must be taken....but SMART action. Something this administration (and it seems their surrogate, John McCain) know nothing about.

    August 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Johnathan

    this is a knee jerk reaction, this guy is ready to go to war over anything, George Bush mould. Macain has called on the president to address the nation over this issue, he has called for severe sactions against russia, the problem is, Mcain is not the sitting president of the United states who is the one that makes Americas foreign policy.

    August 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. AdamT

    Presumptuous is more than appropriate here, double standard hypocrite!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Peter

    Obama 08=Change
    McCain 08= World War 3

    August 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    What did he do...look up "Georgia" in the encyclopedia? And where was his call for international support for his occupation in Iraq?

    August 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Really

    So where is Obama's comments on this one.

    August 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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