U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, turned down on Monday, September 14, the invitation by LPR terrorist organization leadership to monitor self-styled local elections in the militant-held eastern Ukrainian region.
“While I do not typically monitor the elections of imaginary countries, I am grateful for this unique invitation,” reads the statement on McCain’s website.
“If the so-called ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ is interested in democratic elections, I suggest its adherents put down their weapons and participate in the next round of elections in a free and united Ukraine,” the statement reads.
The original invitation by Ihor Plotnitsky, self-proclaimed leader of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, was reported by Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency.