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Sunday 07 of March 2021

GOP Senator Declares U.S. 'Reset' with Russia Unacceptable


This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows Syrian inspect damaged buildings after airstrikes hit in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Sept. 24,photo: AP/Courtesy of Syrian Civil Defense, White Helmets
This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows Syrian inspect damaged buildings after airstrikes hit in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Sept. 24,photo: AP/Courtesy of Syrian Civil Defense, White Helmets
Sen. John McCain of Arizona says the price of starting anew with Moscow would be U.S. complicity in the "butchery of the Syrian people"

WASHINGTON — A leading Republican voice on national security matters is declaring as “unacceptable” any attempt by the incoming Trump administration to reset relations with Russia.

In a statement Tuesday, Sen. John McCain of Arizona says the price of starting anew with Moscow would be U.S. complicity in the “butchery of the Syrian people” being carried out by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

President-elect Donald Trump and Putin spoke Monday to discuss future efforts to improve the U.S.-Russian ties. Trump said in a statement that he is looking forward to having a “strong and enduring relationship with Russia.”

McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, dismissed Putin as a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny and murdered his political rivals and threatened U.S. allies.

RICHARD LARDNER