Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested that Sen. John McCain’s time in a North Vietnamese prison made him “go nuts” and that the former presidential candidate has the “blood of peaceful citizens on his hands.” Putin lashed out at the Arizona Republican for his tweets about Russian protests that erupted over charges of election fraud, the London newspaper The Telegraph
Putin’s outburst during a televised news conference was prompted by a McCain tweet that read, “"Dear Vlad, The Arab Spring is coming to a neighborhood near you." When asked about it, the former member of the KGB noted McCain had fought in Vietnam.
“I think that he has enough blood of peaceful citizens on his hands. It must be impossible for him to live without these disgusting scenes anymore,” he said according to the Telegraph. “Mr. McCain was captured and they kept him not just in prison, but in a pit for several years. Anyone [in his place] would go nuts."
Last week, Putin sought to lay the blame for the street protests on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Putin, who is expected to return to his former position as president after March elections, also said McCain’s comments were intended to marginalize Russia’s role in world affairs.
"This was not addressed in my direction,” he said, according to the paper. “This was said about Russia. Some people want to move Russia aside, somewhere in a corner, so it does not intervene -- so that it does not intervene in the ruling of the world.”
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