(UnitedVoice.com) – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on May 26. The Russian government took action against the American lawmaker after the meeting — and a prominent member of the media made a violent suggestion.
Graham traveled to Ukraine for the third time since Russia launched its war. The senator has been a strong supporter of the military aid packages the US has sent to the Eastern European nation over the last year and a half. Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for support since the first days of the invasion.
The South Carolina senator told the Ukrainian president that the “best money [America has] ever spent” has been on the aid that’s going to the nation. He also said, “Russians are dying.” And that last remark angered many in the former Soviet Union.
Russia Today Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan responded to the senator’s remarks on Sunday, May 28. She said she hopes the relatives of Pavel Sudoplatov are alive, remarking, “We have [Graham’s] address.” Sudoplatov was a Soviet general who helped plan the assassination of Leon Trotsky, a former politician who opposed Joseph Stalin. In other words, Simonyan was insinuating she wants someone to murder the South Carolina senator.
The Russian propagandist went on to say that while she doesn’t hold any ill will toward the senator and her religion tells her to forgive, she believes they have to “act in response” to remarks like the one Graham made.
Simonyan wasn’t alone in her outrage. Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued an arrest warrant for the senator after the comments were made public. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed American “investments led to World War II and the Holocaust.” Television host Vladimir Solovyov raged on his program accusing the US of supporting Adolf Hitler’s regime during the Second World War.
Meanwhile, Graham took the criticism in stride. He said on Twitter that he would wear the Russian arrest warrant as a “Badge of Honor” and that he’ll continue to stand with Ukraine “until every Russian soldier is expelled.”
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