Sen. John McCain told a Ukrainian news agency that there should be a “price to pay” for Russian interference in the U.S. election. “When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said in an interview with a Ukrainian TV channel while visiting Kiev, according to Reuters.
“And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy.”
McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, has been one of the toughest GOP voices on Russia. He has pushed for Donald Trump to be tough on Russia after he takes office, while Trump has struck a friendlier tone toward Moscow.
McCain scheduled hearings on cyberthreats to the U.S. for Thursday.
U.S. intelligence agencies have pointed the blame at Russia for a campaign to interfere with the presidential election, including hacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.