Russia issues Lindsey Graham arrest warrant for Ukraine comments — senator says he’ll wear it as ‘Badge of Honor’

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia issued an arrest warrant On Monday, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham spoke out over remarks she made during a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

What are the details?

After Graham met with Zelensky on Friday, the Ukrainian president’s office released a short edited video of a South Carolina lawmaker’s speech praising a country that fought for freedom.

“Russians are dying,” Graham said in the video, adding that US military aid to Ukraine was “the best money we’ve ever spent.”

Mr. Graham appeared to comment on various parts of the conversation, but the video released by Mr. Zelensky’s office was edited so that Mr. Graham’s statements appeared one after the other.

Long video of the same argument between Graham and Zelensky, posted by fox news digitalseemingly confirming that the senator made statements at various points in the conversation.

The short-edited video sparked outrage in Russia, with President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying, “It’s hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having a senator like this.” Stated.

The video prompted a Russian investigative commission to open a criminal investigation against Graham. The Interior Ministry then issued an arrest warrant for the senator.

Last year, Moscow banned more than 200 US lawmakers, including Graham, from visiting Russia.

On Monday, the senator responded to news that an arrest warrant had been issued. twitter.

“I will wear an arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a medal of honor,” Graham wrote.

“I am very happy to know that my involvement in Ukraine has angered the Putin administration,” he added. “I support and continue to support Ukrainian freedom until all Russian soldiers are expelled from Ukrainian territory.”

Graham continued: “Finally, I have a suggestion to my Russian ‘friends’ who are trying to arrest and bring me to justice for calling the Putin regime a war criminal. I will submit to my jurisdiction. Please come and do so.” your best case. ”

“See you in The Hague!” Graham concluded, referring to the Dutch city where the international criminal trials are held.

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