McCain: Putin’s diplomacy part of military strategy

Jamie McIntyre on Russian actions in Syria:

……Last month at the prestigious Munich Conference on Security Policy, [Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain] blasted the “cessation of hostilities” agreement hammered out between Moscow and Washington, as simply playing into Putin’s hands.

“It is no accident that Mr. Putin has agreed on a cessation of hostilities when he did. We have seen this movie before in Ukraine: Russia presses its advantage militarily, creates new facts on the ground, uses the denial and delivery of humanitarian aid as a bargaining chip, negotiates an agreement to lock in the spoils of war, and then chooses when to resume fighting. This is diplomacy in the service of military aggression,” McCain said.

Source: Source: U.S. ‘surprised’ by Russia pullout from Syria | Washington Examiner

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