Russia Issues Arrest Warrant for Graham05/30 06:12
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Interior Ministry on Monday issued an arrest warrant
for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham following his comments related to the fighting in
In an edited video of his meeting on Friday with Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelenskyy that was released by Zelenskyy's office, Graham, a
Republican from South Carolina, noted that "the Russians are dying" and
described the U.S. military assistance to the country as "the best money we've
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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented Sunday
by saying that "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.
Graham is among more than 200 U.S. members of Congress whom Moscow banned
last year from entering Russia.
Graham commented on Twitter, saying that "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," he tweeted. "I will wear the
arrest warrant issued by Putin's corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of