Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is the subject of a criminal inquiry in Russia.
Last Friday, the Senator met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Shortly after the meeting took place, an edited video of their discussion was released to media members. According to ABC News, Graham could be heard saying “the Russians are dying” and calling U.S. military assistance to Ukraine “the best money we’ve ever spent.”
“It’s hard to imagine a greater shame for the country than having such senators,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for President Vladimir Putin of Russia, said in response to Graham’s comments.
As the video was released to the public, Russia’s top criminal investigation agency, the Investigative Committee, opened a criminal inquiry into Graham’s comments. By Monday, Russia’s Interior Ministry issued a warrant for the Senator’s arrest.
Despite the arrest warrant, Graham appears undeterred in his support for Ukraine.
“I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of Honor,” Graham tweeted on Monday morning.
“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.”