WASHINGTON (WCSC/AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a statement Monday morning in response to Russia’s Interior Ministry announcing a warrant for his arrest.
The Republican senator released the following statement:
'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. I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine’s freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory.
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!'
The Associated Press reported Monday that Russia’s Interior Ministry issued the arrest warrant following Graham’s comments related to the fighting in Ukraine.
In an edited video of his meeting on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that was released by Zelenskyy’s office, Graham noted that “the Russians are dying” and described the U.S. military assistance to the country as “the best money we’ve ever spent.”
While Graham appeared to have made the remarks in different parts of the conversation, the short video by Ukraine’s presidential office put them next to each other, causing outrage in Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented Sunday by saying “it’s hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having such senators.”
The Investigative Committee, the country’s top criminal investigation agency, has moved to open a criminal inquiry against Graham, and the Interior Ministry followed up by issuing a warrant for his arrest as indicated Monday by its official record of wanted criminal suspects.
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