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Russia issues arrest warrant for Sen. Lindsey Graham after his comments about the war in Ukraine

Russia issues arrest warrant for Lindsey Graham
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Russia has issued an arrest warrant for US Senator Lindsey Graham due to his strong statements regarding the war in Ukraine. The warrant was issued by the Kremlin‘s Interior Ministry shortly after Graham’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.

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

During the meeting, Graham’s comments suggested that Russian casualties resulting from US funding were seen as a positive outcome. A video of the meeting, released by Zelenskiy’s office, showed Graham making separate remarks that were edited together.

Following these statements, Russia’s Investigative Committee, the country’s main criminal investigation agency, initiated a criminal inquiry against Graham, although the specific charges were not specified. Despite the warrant, Graham has expressed his intention to wear it as a “Badge of Honor.”

Graham quickly fired back, tweeting on Monday: “I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of Honor.”

“To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin’s regime brings me immense joy,” he continued.

“Finally, here’s an offer to my Russian ‘friends’ who want to arrest and try me for calling out the Putin regime as being war criminals: I will submit to jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court if you do.”

Outrage in Moscow as Russia accuses western media of shielding Senator Graham

The release of the initial video containing Graham’s comments caused significant outrage in Moscow, prompting the foreign ministry to accuse Western media of attempting to protect the senator from criticism. The ministry further emphasized that Graham should publicly clarify whether he believes his words were misrepresented in the edited video or taken out of context.

“If US Senator Lindsey Graham considers his words were taken out of context by the Ukrainian regime and he doesn’t actually think in the way presented then he can make a statement on video with his phone,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a video posted on Telegram.

Graham clarified his statements by asserting that he was merely expressing admiration for the resilience of Ukrainians who were resisting a Russian invasion, aided by support from the United States. Additionally, he mentioned that during the conversation with Zelenskiy, he highlighted that Ukraine has embraced the American motto of “Live Free or Die.”

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