Sen. John McCain went "way over the line of decency" of decency in his recent attacks on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a Kremlin spokesman said Monday.
McCain, R-Ariz., has not minced words in his condemnation of President Donald Trump's May 10 Oval Office meeting with Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.
"I do not believe that Mr. Lavrov should be allowed in the Oval Office, and I think it's pretty obvious they turned it into their propaganda advantage," McCain last week told The Arizona Republic.
In a subsequent appearance on "Fox News Sunday," McCain ridiculed Lavrov as "stooge of a thug and a murderer," Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said McCain is known for his "maniacal hatred towards our country," but suggested the Kremlin will ignore his remarks, according to a report from Russian news agency TASS.