President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Syria is an attempt to reestablish Russia as a major power by dividing NATO and undermining the European project, US Senator John McCain says Sunday.
"Putin is not interested in being our partner," McCain says at the Munich Security Conference, an annual meeting of foreign policy and defence officials.
Putin is seeking to "re-establish Russia as a major power," to "use Syria as a live fire exercise" for its military, and "to exacerbate the refugee crisis, divide NATO and undermine the European project."
McCain says the agreement by world powers to implement a partial truce in Syria next week had little hope of success. It allows Russia to "indiscriminately bomb rebel groups and civilians with impunity" for several days more days before it goes into effect.