U.S. Senator John McCain calls for arms for Ukraine during visit to Kiev. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. Senator John McCain sits down for talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. The visit comes just after U.S. Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act which includes a provision that would give President Barack Obama's administration $300 million for Ukrainian security assistance. The Ukrainian president offers his thanks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "This is just constant reminder for the Ukrainian people that U.S. is together with us." Against a back drop of renewed signs of violence in the east McCain offers his support. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES SENATOR, JOHN MCCAIN, SAYING: "I don't think many people in the world know that Ukrainians are willing to fight for freedom, they have fought for freedom and they will fight." Ukraine has repeatedly asked for international help to boost its defensive capabilities. Western countries have so far declined its requests to supply weapons, while offering non-lethal military aid and training. At a news conference Saturday McCain weighs in: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SENATOR, JOHN MCCAIN, SAYING: "I can't answer for the president of the United States and his administrations, except to say that I know that this is shameful, shameful that we would not provide them with weapons to defend themselves. They are fighting with 20th century weapons against Russia's 20st century weapons. That's not a fair fight." On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the West and particularly the U.S. for the crisis in Ukraine and said the West should put pressure on Kiev to help resolve it.