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Senator McCain equated Russia’s cyber attacks to military action
09:15, 31 December 2016
Senator McCain equated Russia’s cyber attacks to military action

The influential senator announced sanctions against the banking institutions of the Russian Federation

09:15, 31 December 2016

Ukraine's Presidental Administration

Influential Republican Senator John McCain said that Russia must pay a heavy price for cyber attack on the United States, equating them to acts of warfare. He announced new anti-Russian sanctions, in particular with regard to banking institutions of Russia.

McCain said this in an interview to Ukrainian "1+1" TV channel, Reuters reports.

McCain confirmed the appointment of hearing on January 5 at the US Senate Armed Services Committee on the threats of foreign cyberattacks.

He noted that the United States would like to be sure that Russia will pay for their actions a certain price, perhaps this "would prevent Russian Federation from continuing attacks on the foundations of our democracy."

In addition, McCain has promised to support Ukraine regardless of the position of Donald Trump. "We want to record our support. We do not know exactly what the president-elect of the United States will do. But we are convinced that the Congress - and we are the equal branches - firmly supports Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression," McCain said.

During an interview, "1+1" asked an influential senator to comment on the situation with the license, the form of which has not yet been issued for the channel. The politician admitted that he is not familiar enough with the details, but warned anyone against encroaching upon the freedom of speech, according to the television report.

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine met with US senators. Senator John McCain headed the US delegation, it was also composed of Senators Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar.

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