Senator McCain invited to Rossiya 1 TV channel

Journalist Vladimir Solovyov has invited U.S. Republican Senator John McCain to appear in his program aired on the Rossiya 1 television channel on Sunday nights.

"On behalf of the VGTRK [broadcaster] and myself I invite Senator John McCain to a live program, "Voskresny Vecher" [Sunday evening]," the journalist wrote on Twitter.

It was reported on Saturday that the senator, one of the fiercest critics of Russia in the U.S. Congress, might respond to Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in The New York Times on Syria with an article in the Russian newspaper Pravda.

BBC said the senator deemed the Russian president's article insulting and was highly skeptical about the Russian proposal aimed at the Syrian abandonment of chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he was perplexed by comments from White House officials about Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in The New York Times.

"We heard a statement by a White House press secretary this morning by Moscow time. I would like to note in this regard that, when Putin was writing this article and when Russia was preparing its publication, no one actually was going to enter into a confrontation with anyone, not to mention offend anyone," Peskov told journalists in Bishkek on Friday.

"Putin never lectures anyone in international affairs. He just doesn't have this habit," he said.

"Our American friends have gotten quite accustomed to backslapping everyone a patronizing way in the past several decades," Peskov said. "This is what has often formed attitudes toward the U.S. in the world," he said.

"We still find it hard to understand why our partners and counterparts in the White House administration still insist on their exceptionalism. Democratic existence in itself implies the existence in a competitive environment. There is the impression sometimes that our partners have grown disaccustomed to this."

Putin said in the article published on Thursday that he considers U.S. President Barack Obama's words on what makes the U.S. nation exceptional dangerous. White House press secretary Jay Carney responded with a long statement.

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