The Russian capital MOSCOW~ Following remarks made by Senator Lindsey Graham of the United States in relation to the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of the Interior issued a warrant for Graham’s arrest on Monday.
Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, made these comments in an edited video of his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday. The video was released by Zelenskyy’s office, and it was edited by Graham’s meeting with Zelenskyy. Graham also stated that “the Russians are dying” and that the United States’ assistance to Ukraine is “the best money we’ve ever spent.”
The short video that was released by Ukraine’s presidential office put the remarks, which looked to have been made by Graham at separate points in the dialogue, one right after the other, which caused indignation in Russia. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, made a comment about the senators on Sunday, saying that “it’s hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having such senators.”
In a recording of the event that was made available online, Zelensky can be heard telling Graham, “Now we are free. And that is how it will be.” “Yes. “And Russians are dying,” the senator from the United States responded. The video, which was shared on Zelensky’s various social media platforms, then turns to a different angle, and Graham is heard saying, “It’s the best money we’ve ever spent.”
The authorities in Russia have reacted to the video as though Graham’s two independent assertions about the deaths of Russian servicemen and the provision of military assistance by the United States to Ukraine are intimately related to one another. “It’s difficult to imagine a greater shame for a country than having such senators,” the spokesperson for the Kremlin said on Sunday. “Dmitry Peskov said it’s difficult to imagine a greater shame for a country.” On Sunday, the Investigative Committee of Russia issued an order to begin a criminal investigation into Graham, alleging that he “declared the financial involvement of the United States in causing the death of Russian citizens.” The investigation was opened because of Graham’s comments.
The Investigative Committee, which is the leading criminal investigative agency in the country, has moved to launch a criminal investigation into Graham, and the Interior Ministry has followed up by issuing a warrant for his arrest, as revealed by its official record of wanted criminal suspects on Monday. Graham is currently being sought for his alleged involvement in a variety of criminal activities.
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