Strangely, Russia’s Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) after the Ukrainian government released a video profiling Graham’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Many say the move is rife with gall as in March the International Criminal Court issued a warrant to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin for crimes against humanity.
Graham laughed off the Russian threat on Monday, tweeting that he will wear his arrest warrant as a “badge of honor.”
According to Politico, in the video that angered the Kremlin, Graham said that “the Russians are dying” and called American military aid to Ukraine “the best money we’ve ever spent.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted Graham, saying, “It’s hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having such senators.”
Peskov’s comments were followed by Russia’s Interior Ministry issuing a warrant for Graham’s arrest.
Graham responded to the warrant by posting: “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.”
Graham offered a suggestion to Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev, who mocked him for his comments:
“Mr. Medvedev, if you want Russians to stop dying in Ukraine, withdraw. Stop the invasion. Stop the war crimes. The truth is that you and (President Vladimir) Putin could care less about Russian soldiers.”
Believing he has the high ground, Graham taunted the Russians, saying, “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.”
Graham added: “I will submit to [the] jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court if you do. Come and make your best case. See you in The Hague!”
Graham urged Ukrainians to fight for their homeland, saying, “There was a time in America that we were this way, fighting to the last person; we were going to be free or die.”
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