Representatives of Polish gov't pay homage to Senator McCain

Representatives of President Andrzej Duda and the Polish government contributed to a book of condolence for Senator John McCain at the USA Embassy in Warsaw, the embassy said on Friday.

Apart from the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the chancellery of the Sejm (upper house) and Senate (lower house), Polish Senate Speaker Stanisław Karczewski also made an entry in the book.

"On behalf of the Polish government and myself I would like to express deep sorrow over the death of former Senator John McCain. An honoured Statesman, a man who steadfastly fought for democratic values, whose strength of spirit is worth following, has passed away. In the pages of Polish history, Senator McCain will be remembered as an ally to whom Poland is particularly grateful, for his commitment to strengthening security, especially on NATO's eastern flank. Senator McCain will always remain in our memories," Karczewski wrote in the condolence book.

The embassy of the United States in Warsaw appreciated the gesture and thanked the contributors on Twitter.

John McCain was born on August 29, 1936 to a military family, both his father and grandfather having served as US Navy admirals. After service in the Vietnam War, he continued his military career until the early 1980s, when he entered politics. McCain was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1983.

Known for his uncompromising stance towards Russia, McCain was a strong supporter of putting pressure on Russia over the Ukraine conflict and advocated raised military aid to Central-Eastern Europe, especially Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. McCain also pressed for the speedier installation of a European missile defence shield.

Senator McCain had been battling aggressive brain cancer, since July 2017. On Friday, his family informed about his decision to resign from further treatment owing to the disease's advancement and his age.