Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday suggested that the relationship between the U.S. and Russia has worsened significantly.
CNN’s “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley asked Feinstein if “U.S.-Russian relations are now at Cold War levels.”
Feinstein responded, “Yes.”
Earlier the segment, the senator urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept responsibility for aiding separatists likely responsible for the Malaysian plane shot down this week.
“Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say, ‘This was a mistake,’ which I hope it was,” she said. “Even if it was a mistake, it’s a horrendous mistake to make. And I think it points out the futility of what’s happening in the Ukraine because there will be repercussions from this.”
Feinstein added that the plane crash shows that countries should only give weapons to those with a “moral compass,” adding that she feels many of the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine are “thugs.”
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