Russia issues arrest warrant for US Senator Lindsey Graham. Photo/REUTERS
WASHINGTON – Ministry of the Interior Russia issued an arrest warrant for United States (US) senator Lindsey Graham after accusing her of praising the deaths of Moscow soldiers in the war on Ukraine.
Far from being frightened, the senator was delighted and regarded the threat of his arrest as a “badge of honor”.
“I will wear an arrest warrant issued by the corrupt and immoral government of (President Vladimir) Putin as a badge of honor,” said the Republican senator from South Carolina, as quoted by Newsweek, Tuesday (30/5/2023).
“Knowing that my commitment to Ukraine has angered the Putin regime gives me immense joy. I will continue to support and for the freedom of Ukraine until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory,” he said.
The TASS and RIA Novosti news agencies previously reported that the Russian Interior Ministry had placed Graham on the Russian authorities’ wanted list.
“Graham, Lindsey Olin, American, born July 9, 1955, is wanted under an article of the Criminal Code,” the Russian Interior Ministry said, without elaborating on what crime it was alleged to have been.
The arrest warrant was issued after Graham met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Friday.
During their meeting, the senator said US military aid to the country was “the best money we’ve ever spent”.
The Kremlin rebuked his remarks, referring to an edited video in which Graham appears to be praising the killing of Russian soldiers in the ongoing war in Ukraine.