No role for US military in Ukraine crisis: McCain

US Senator John McCain, delivers remarks during the morning general session of the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) Conference in Washington, March 3, 2014Defense hawk Senator John McCain stressed Monday that deployment of US military force to Ukraine remained unthinkable, but said President Barack Obama nevertheless has failed to stand up to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. McCain has spent days criticizing Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, Europe’s worst standoff since the Cold War, with the veteran American lawmaker arguing that Russia’s president seeks to use unrest in the key former Soviet republic as a pretext to reassert Russian dominance there. “It’s a blatant act on the part of Vladimir Putin and one that must be unacceptable to the world community. It cannot stand,” McCain told the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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