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Moscow Regards US Senator Graham's Remark to 'Take Putin Out' as Call for Terrorist Act

© AP Photo / Rahmat GulU.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, speaks during a press conference at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, speaks during a press conference at the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.03.2022
American GOP Senator Lindsey Graham earlier suggested that the only way to stop the Russian special operation in Ukraine, which started on 24 February, would be for someone in Russia to "take [Putin] out".
Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned US Ambassador John Sullivan to present him with a note of protest over statements made by US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in which he called for the assassination of President Vladimir Putin.
"John Sullivan was notified that such a statement is qualified by the Russian Criminal Code as an attempt on the life of a statesman and entails grave consequences, including prosecution", the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The ministry stressed that unless Moscow sees a US government response to Graham's statements, the already difficult bilateral relation will suffer even more.
US Senator Lindsey Graham earlier posted a shocking call on his Twitter page wondering if there is "a Brutus" or "more successful Colonel Stauffenberg" in Russia, referring to the killer of Julius Caesar and a German Army officer who unsuccessfully tried to kill Adolf Hitler in 1944. Graham suggested that the person who manages "to take this guy out" would be doing Russia and the world "a great service".

“The only people who can fix this are the Russian people. Easy to say, hard to do. Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness you need to step up to the plate", Graham said, referring to sanctions that the US and its allies have slapped on Russia over its special military operation in Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin announced the operation on 24 February, stressing that Russia was left with no other choice after Kiev failed to implement the Minsk agreements and resolve the conflict in Donbass peacefully. The president set the goals of the special operation as the demilitarisation and de-Nazification of Ukraine.
Western nations and their allies condemned the operation, calling it an "invasion" and imposed severe sanctions limiting the Russian bank system's access to Western financial systems, as well as cutting several Russian banks off from SWIFT. Moscow said it was expecting and prepared for Western sanctions and vowed to respond in kind.
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