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Russia issues an arrest warrant for US Senator Lindsey Graham over Ukraine comments

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomes U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham before their meeting in Kyiv, May 26, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

Monday, the Russian Ministry of the Interior issued an arrest warrant for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham in response to his comments about the conflict in Ukraine.

Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, stated in an edited video of his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday, which was released by Zelenskyy's office, that "the Russians are dying" and that U.S. military assistance to the country is "the best money we've ever spent."

While Graham appeared to have made the comments at separate points in the conversation, the short video produced by Ukraine's presidential office juxtaposed them, sparking outrage in Russia.

On Sunday, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, stated that "it is difficult to imagine a greater national disgrace than having such senators."

The Investigative Committee, the country's premier criminal investigation agency, has initiated a criminal investigation against Graham, and the Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for him on Monday, as indicated by its official list of sought criminal suspects.

Graham is among the more than 200 members of the United States Congress whose entry into Russia was prohibited by Moscow last year.

Graham stated on Twitter, "I am ecstatic to learn that my dedication to Ukraine has aroused the ire of Putin's regime."

"I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine's freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory," he tweeted. "I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin's immoral and corrupt government as a badge of honor."

Publish : 2023-05-30 09:54:00

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