Sen. John McCain: Russia Must Pay Price for Hacking

Trump's election caused jitters in Ukraine but officials in Kiev hope that the incoming president's policies, influenced by Republican hawks and a Republican-voting Ukrainian diaspora, will be friendlier towards Ukraine than his campaign rhetoric might have suggested.

Obama took unprecedented steps Thursday to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in this year's presidential election, including expelling 35 Russian diplomats from the US.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is defining Russia's aggressive cyber activity and alleged hacking of the USA election as an "act of war".

"We will strongly urge our colleagues toward more meaningful and stronger sanctions against Russian Federation due to their attack on the United States of America", McCain told reporters in Georgia's capital Tbilisi. He called for tougher sanctions against Russian Federation, urging for the "stand up to Vladimir Putin".

On Thursday, President Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over the hacking of USA political groups during the election.

McCain, a Republican from Arizona, has scheduled a hearing for next week on foreign cyber attacks targeting the U.S., which will also focus on Russian hacking.

Earlier, in Kiev, McCain vowed continued US support to Ukraine.

"In 2017 we will defeat the invaders and send them back where they came from".

"When you attack a country, it's an act of war", McCain said of the recent hackings on Ukrainian TV while on a visit to Kiev.

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