Sen. Lindsey Graham won’t be traveling to Moscow any time soon.
Following his visit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia has issued an arrest warrant for the South Carolina Republican over the gleeful comments he appeared to make about dying Russians and the American military assistance that is helping to kill them.
“It’s the best money we’ve ever spent,” Graham told Zelenskyy.
According to the New York Post, the video of the Friday meeting in Ukraine was edited before Zelenskyy’s office released it, making it appear that the senator’s “the Russians are dying” comment and his enthusiasm for the billions of American dollars that have been gifted to the leader’s cause were connected, when in fact they were made in different parts of the conversation.
The remarks sparked widespread outrage in Russia, but Moscow’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, left room for Lindsey to walk the comments back.
“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,” she said in a Telegram post. “Only then will we know: does he think the way that was said or was it a performance by the Kyiv regime?”
Either way, while it didn’t detail what crime Graham may have committed, Russia’s Investigative Committee — the nation’s premier criminal investigation agency — opened a criminal inquiry against Graham, and the Kremlin’s Interior Ministry slapped the senator on the wanted list.
Graham dismissed the warrant, calling it a “badge of honor.”
“I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of Honor,” he tweeted.
“To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin’s regime brings me immense joy,” Graham continued. “I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine’s freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory.”
I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of Honor. https://t.co/0L2I5PfuoM
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 29, 2023
He then taunted Russia with an “offer.”
“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,” he promised. Come and make your best case. See you in The Hague!”
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.
Come and make your best case.
See you in The Hague!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 29, 2023
The blustering senator may want to think twice about poking the bear, however.
The editor-in-chief of the Russian state media outlet “Russia Today,” Margarita Simonyan, invoked the name of Pavel Sudoplatev, a Soviet general who helped orchestrate the plot to assassinate Leon Trotsky, in a thinly-veiled threat to “Lady” Graham.
“If Lady Graham really said that the money for the killing of Russians is the best money the US ever spent… I hope that in our country, the sons or grandchildren of Sudoplatov are alive, his pupils, or the descendants of his pupils,” Simonyan said.
“It’s not even hard,” she said. “We have his address.”
Simonyan stated that she holds “no ill will towards anyone, and our religion tells us to forgive, but no one tells us to reward these types of things.”
“When we don’t act in response to these things, it is the same as encouraging them,” she explained. “It causes them to become increasingly more brazen.”
Not to be outdone, the host of the Russian show called Graham “a Nazi beast.”
“Your dirty American money also fully supported the Nazi regime in Germany!” Vladimir Solovyov said. “You are a Nazi beast and you’re following in the footsteps of your predecessors. I’ll repeat it once again: you will croak, but the Russian people will live forever!”
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