(Washington Examiner) The U.S. and her allies must step up their defense spending in order to successfully counter Russian President Vladimir Putin's ambitions in the Arctic, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., warned in an op-ed Tuesday for the Wall Street Journal.
Putin is "an anti-American autocrat ... hostile to our interests, dismissive of our values," who seeks to "challenge the international order" by building "an aggressive, militarily capable ... new form of Russian empire," wrote McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Russia's incursion into the Ukraine clearly shows its "neo-imperial ambitions," McCain wrote, and Russia's aggressive behavior has led neighboring countries to conclude it wants a return to the Cold War. The "undeclared, grinding war on Ukraine" is a test both of its military might and the world's response.
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