Voice of America" was able to interview the Senator and member of the U.S. Republican Party,on his way home from Vilnius, where he took part in the Parliamentary Forum Community of Democracies.
In an interview with the senator explained that the development of democracy, therefore, the Baltic states, which have "made some progress in this field," need to share experiences with other countries.
McCain also mentioned Belarus and condemned its political regime. He said that managed to build a "very efficient police state, with financial aid from Russia, as well as some oil and gas privileges that help him stay in power even during the terrible state of the economy of his country." He also stressed that, in his opinion, the Belarusian authorities are under the direct influence of Vladimir Putin.
In response to a reporter's question Senator also commented on the victory in the presidential election, won by Vladimir Putin. "I hope that Vladimir Putin finally realizes that in Russia, many people do not like his form of government, and how recent elections have passed.
People are very concerned about the oligarchy and corruption, which are ubiquitous in the country. However, I would also like to draw attention to how it relates to the Ukraine and the three Baltic republics, as well as to build up military power in the Kaliningrad region and its relations with Lukashenko - said an American politician.
Vladimir Putin himself in a recent interview described John McCain as "a man who spent two years in the pit, being held captive by the Vietnamese - that's why he's crazy.""I appreciate his remarks, however forced to respectfully disagree with it," - said with a smile, Russian President .