U.S. Senator John McCain says Russia's role in Syria is holding the destablized, conflict-wridden country back from achieving peace. Nathan Frandino reports.
On the final day of the Munich Security Conference, U.S. Senator John McCain delivered a strong critique of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English ) U.S. SENATOR, JOHN MCCAIN, SAYING: "Mr. Putin is not interested in being our partner. He wants to shore up the Assad regime, he wants to re-establish Russia as a major power in the Middle East." Russia backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has helped turned the tide of the war in Assad's favor. Western powers accuse Russia of indiscriminately bombing civilians... a charge Moscow denies. The security conference came on the heels of a deal for a limited cessation of hostilities in Syria... a deal in which McCain does not have much faith. (SOUNDBITE) (English ) U.S. SENATOR, JOHN MCCAIN, SAYING: "I want to be wrong, because if this agreement turns out to reward aggression rather than punishment (COVER) then not only will this agreement fail, but the war in Syria will grind on, more innocent people will die." Russia has made it clear that it would continue bombing Syrian rebel targets, raising questions about a ceasefire.