Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) over his comments about Russians dying in Ukraine and calling US spending on the proxy war with Russia the “best money we’ve ever spent.”
“Lindsey Olin Graham, an American citizen, born on July 9, 1955, is wanted under an article of the Russian Criminal Code,” the Russian Interior Ministry said, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
Graham made the comments while meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. Zelensky’s office released a video that showed Graham saying, “Russians are dying,” that then cut to him saying it’s “the best money we’ve ever spent.”
After the comments caused outrage in Russia, Ukraine released the full video that showed Graham and Zelensky discussing other things in between the quotes. Graham called US funding of the war the “best money we’ve ever spent” after Zelensky thanked the US for providing $38 billion in military aid.
But Graham’s satisfaction over the fact that Russians are dying is still provocative, and he has made extremely hawkish comments throughout the war, including calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia said media outlets that suggested Graham’s comments were taken out of context were making “clumsy” and “shameful” excuses for the senator. “It is already impossible to clean oneself from the stain of such remarks, even if they were uttered separately,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Responding to the arrest warrant, Graham said he was happy that he angered Russia. “I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of Honor,” the senator wrote on Twitter. “To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin’s regime brings me immense joy.”