LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested to the U.S. ambassador in Moscow on Saturday over remarks by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham advocating that President Vladimir Putin be assassinated.
It stated in an announcement that failure to unambiguously condemn the remarks and take concrete measures “can have an extra devastating impact on Russian-American relations”, already in tatters following Western sanctions towards Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan was summoned to the ministry to be informed that Graham’s remark can be handled as a severe crime in Russia.
“This is a public, terrorist attraction that’s utterly unacceptable,” the ministry stated.
Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, referred to as on Twitter for somebody in Russia to “take this man out” – referring to Putin.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki informed reporters on Friday: “We are usually not advocating for killing the chief of a overseas nation or regime change. That just isn’t the coverage of the United States.”
(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)