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McCain calls Germany a Russia ‘appeaser’

 

US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain lashed out at German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, saying he had “no credibility in any way”.

 

McCain launched a broadside against Steinmeier, accusing him of being “in the Neville Chamberlain school of diplomacy” for not toughening Berlin’s stance on Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

“The foreign minister of Germany is the same guy that refuses – and his government – to enact any restrictions on the behaviour of Vladimir Putin, who is slaughtering Ukrainians as we speak,” McCain told reporters.

“He doesn’t have any credibility in any way to me.”

Steinmeier had earlier criticized US Republican senators for sending a letter to Iran over the nuclear talks, fearing it could undermine Tehran’s confidence in the negotiations at a critical juncture.
The letter – an unprecedented move to directly intervene in talks between a US President and a foreign leadership – warns that any deal agreed before Barack Obama leaves office in 2017 is “nothing more than an executive agreement” that could be struck down later by Congress or a future president.
Steinmeier was just the latest senior figure either abroad or in Washington to savage the highly controversial missive, which has been branded a crude political stunt by its many opponents.

“This is not just an issue of American domestic politics, but it affects the negotiations we are holding in Geneva,” Steinmeier told journalists in the US capital before meeting lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

 

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