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Putin About McCain: ‘I Like Him Because Of His Patriotism’

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he “likes” Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in an interview with Oliver Stone set to debut on Showtime in June.

“Well, honestly, I like Senator McCain to a certain extent. And I’m not joking. I like him because of his patriotism, and I can relate to his consistency in fighting for the interests of his own country,” Putin said.

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“People with such convictions like the Senator you mentioned, they still live in the Old World.” Putin said. “McCain is reluctant to look into the future, unwilling to recognize how fast the world is changing and unable to see the real threat.”

While McCain has not responded directly to this interview, he has not hesitated to air his feelings about the Russian president in the past.

“There is no moral equivalence between that butcher and thug and KGB colonel and the United States of America, the country that Ronald Reagan used to call a shining city on a hill,” McCain said on the Senate floor in February.

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