Take that, Putin: Senator John McCain will submit an opinion piece for Pravda in response to the Russian president’s op-ed in the New York Times.
While discussing press freedoms in Russia with CNN’s Jake Tapper last night, McCain commented, hypothetically, that he’d “love to have a commentary in Pravda,” the Russian Communist party’s newspaper.
Foreign Policy sent the paper a transcript and Pravda responded enthusiastically to the idea. Dmitry Sudakov, its English editor, said that it would be happy to publish a piece “by such a prominent politician as John McCain,” which would be run in English and Russian.
“There are a lot of issues that I’m sure Sen. McCain would want to address,” a McCain spokesman told Foreign Policy. “Democracy and human rights in Russia and certainly the Putin regime’s aiding and abetting of the Syrian regime, which has killed 100,000 of its own people.”