Senator John McCain: ''Russia Is A Gas Station Run By Mafia''
03 June 2014
By Markaz Kavkaz
A Polish newspaper, Gazeta Prawna, reported on the
speech of US Senator John McKenna in Breslau. In an
article "McCain: Russia is a gas station run by mafia
(McCain: Rosja to mafijna stacja benzynowa)" newspaper
"Russia is a gas station run by mafia that is
masquerading as a country", thus the American Sen.
John McCain spoke about Russia of Vladimir Putin.
A former Republican candidate for the US presidency
and one of the most respected politicians in America,
was one of the guests in Breslau, the capital of Lower
Silesia, where the Global Forum on World Politics and
Economics was held.
John McCain spoke very sharply about the status of the
Russian state in Breslau.
McCain said that Putin is running the country which is
in fact Mafia masquerading as a country. Russia's
future is fatal because of its demographics,
alcoholism, environment and kleptocracy- that is all
the basis on which the state stands. And the last
thing the Russians want is democracy in neighboring
The Republican senator said in Breslau that the Obama
administration underestimated Putin. He noted that the
policy of thaw, the Americans tried to apply in
relations with Russia, was a failure.
"I think that the approach to Putin was naive, and the
reset policy was a mistake. Putin, a former KGB major,
is interested and wants to restore the old Russian
empire", he said.
Senator John McCain said he was pessimistic about the
chances for a quick solution of the Russian-Ukrainian
Meanwhile, a Warsaw news magazine, Wprost, reported on
an interview of Senator John McCain on Polish TV. In a
story "McCain about Putin: In his eyes I see three
letters - KGB (McCain o Putinie: W jego oczach widze
trzy litery - KGB)", the portal writes:
- I assumed that after the removal of Yanukovych,
Putin would come to Crimea, because his vision of the
Russian empire leads to it, Republican Senator John
McCain said in an interview to the channel TVN24 in
the program "Biznes i Swiat (Business and the World)".
According to the senator, it is obvious that Putin
would like to see further destabilization of eastern
- I think many of us in the Senate see it as a major
problem since the Second World War, he admitted. -
Naturally, Putin constantly creates problems in
eastern Ukraine. The main problem is that he still
continues these (subversive) activities. This is
Odessa or even Moldova and Transnistria, he added.
He acknowledged it is difficult to predict the next
steps of the Kremlin.
- I think it depends on his calculations. I predicted
that after the removal of Yanukovych, he comes to
Crimea, because his vision of the Russian empire needs
to do it, he said.
Senator noted that so far, Putin suffered no real
- These were just mere threats by declaring further
action from Germany, France or the US, if something
new happened, said John McCain.
- But he's an old-school KGB apparatchik. I see in his
eyes three letters: KGB. So if we treat Putin the way
we do now, we ought to remember that he understands
only power, said the American senator.
- And the best way to avoid conflict and confrontation
is to remember the words of Reagan, who adhered to the
doctrine of "peace through power", added the senator.