27 Aug 2018 20:25

McCain's death won't lessen U.S.' hatred of Russia - Ryabkov

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax) - The unleashing of hate on Russia will not subside with the demise of John McCain, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

"First of all, I am always guided by the ancient maxim: do not speak ill of the dead. The problem was not McCain. There are many like him. They largely set the tone in today's United States. And with McCain's departure, I don't think that the wave of hate these figures unleashed on Russia will start waning," Ryabkov said on Rossiya 1 (VGTRK).

"McCain really epitomized staunch antagonism to our country and did so with conviction. And in that sense, he did, of course, command respect. One respects one's adversary, without a doubt. We respect all of our rivals. We believe that these are people vested with great power, with great capabilities, but from that knowledge, we only concentrate our strength internally," he said.