Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England:
“As we hope for the recovery of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, we must recognize the brutal reality: whether in the shadow of the Kremlin or in a peaceful town in the English countryside, Putin will not hesitate to engage in state-sponsored assassination and endanger the lives of innocent bystanders. He must not be allowed to treat the United Kingdom or any other nation as a venue for political murder. The precedent set by inaction would be disastrous.
“The United States and all of Britain’s allies must stand firmly alongside the United Kingdom and be prepared to take resolute and appropriate steps to hold Russian authorities accountable for this outrageous crime – a crime that demonstrates so perfectly Putin’s contempt for the sovereignty of a free people.”