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Putin Throws Down Gauntlet, McCain Picks It Up

September 13, 2013 by  

An off-the-cuff remark made by Senator John McCain during an interview has gotten the warmongering neocon an invitation to write an opinion piece for Russian newspaper Pravda.

CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed McCain, asking him about Syria and mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times.

“Let’s talk about Putin,” Tapper asked. “What did you think of his op-ed?”

Laughing, McCain responded: “I’d like to have a chance to have a commentary in Pravda, if that would happen.”

Thanks to blogger John Hudson, McCain may get his wish.

Hudson, who blogs about national security and foreign policy for Foreign Policy, contacted Pravda after McCain made his comment. He writes:

In a first-of-its kind arrangement, the editors of Russian newspaper Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish a column by Sen. John McCain that will attack the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The agreement comes one day after Putin criticized the United States in a widely-read column in The New York Times.

“If John McCain wants to write something for us, he is welcome,” Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda tells The Cable. “Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already. We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain.”

When The Cable reached the senator’s office with the offer, McCain’s communications director Brian Rogers responded within minutes. “On the record: Senator McCain would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we’ll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission.”

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