U.S. Senator John McCain has called for the faster integration of Georgia and Moldova into the structures of NATO amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine's Crimea region.
McCain, a Republican former presidential candidate, told Voice of America that one of the steps by the U.S. Congress in response to Moscow's actions would be to "accelerate the path of Georgia and Moldova into NATO."
McCain also mentioned the need for placing parts of a U.S. missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland.
In 2009, the United States abandoned plans to place in the two Central European countries elements of a missile system aimed at preventing a possible attack from rogue states.
Washington opted instead for Aegis-class missile defense based initially in the Black Sea and eventually in Romania.
Based on reporting by VOA