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Menendez says Putin op-ed made him want ‘to vomit’

Rebecca Shabad
The Hill [1]
September 12, 2013

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said a New York Times op-ed on Syria penned by Russian President Vladimir Putin made him want “to vomit” — echoing a sentiment being widely expressed Thursday on Capitol Hill.

In the op-ed, published Wednesday night, Putin again warned the United States not to launch military strikes on Syria. He maintained that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was not responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in which more than 1,400 people died, according to U.S. officials.

“I almost wanted to vomit,” Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.) told CNN.

“I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests, and what is not. It really raises the question of how serious the Russian proposal is.”

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) also shared his reaction to the op-ed on Twitter Thursday.

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