McCain calls for sanctions on Russia over election actions

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  • U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, listen to a question during a news conference following a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. McCain is a part of the U.S. Senate delegation including fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar that is visiting the Baltic region for talks with local political leaders. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, listen to a question during a news conference following a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the ... Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. McCain is a part of the U.S. Senate delegation including fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar that is visiting the Baltic region for talks with local political leaders. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., center, speaks as U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., left, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, listen during the meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the President palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., center, speaks as U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., left, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, listen during the meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the President palace in Vilnius,... Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) (The Associated Press)

  • Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, right, welcomes U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. during a welcome ceremony in the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, right, welcomes U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. during a welcome ceremony in the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) (The Associated Press)

Sen. John McCain wants sanctions against Russia for its alleged attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election, adding that the country remains "a threat to the very fundamentals of democracy."

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During a visit to Lithuania, McCain said Thursday he doubts Russia's efforts affected the U.S. electoral result. But he and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham "will be urging increases in sanctions on Russia for what they just attempted to do in the United States election."

Graham said Russia was "creating discord throughout democracies on their border," in a nod to three former Soviet republics, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Together with Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar, they were on the last leg of a tour to the Baltic states to discuss security. They next head for Ukraine, Georgia and Montenegro.