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A Democratic congressman from Arizona clapped back at a Russian politician who called for his kidnapping following a visit to Ukraine, which is under siege from Moscow-backed rebels and some 90,000 Russian troops along its eastern border.
Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Marine Corps combat vet who served in Iraq, has called on President Biden to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built by Russia and for the United States to provide Kyiv’s military with advanced weapons.
Regarding Russia’s military buildup, Gallego said in an interview with CNN on Sunday that providing Ukraine weapons “will actually put a toll on the Russian troop movements and, you know, unfortunately, that means we have to kill some Russians.”
Gallego also observed that Russians “only understand pure power, and we have to give the Ukrainian army and special forces the ability to do that.”
Russian state TV show “60 Minutes” on Wednesday played a clip of Gallego making his remarks, which led host Olga Skabeeva to label all Americans as “parasites” who “don’t know history.”
A Russian politician, Aleksei Zhuravlyov, reacted to those comments by saying, “We should be looking for that bud, and if he travels anywhere, grab him like Bout and bring him over here.”
“The Russian lawmaker was referring to notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was extradited from Thailand to the U.S. in 2010 after a sting operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency two years earlier,” the Daily Beast reported, providing more context to the remarks. “Zhuravlyov specified that Gallego should be snatched from wherever he’s at, brought to Russia and forced to explain ‘whom he wanted to kill.'”
“This is how we should be acting… Spend 25 years in prison and then when you get out—“IF” you get out—you can tell us whom you wanted to kill,” Zhuravlyov said, according to the Daily Beast.
“Bout is in prison for ‘intent,’ so he [Gallego] could also be imprisoned for his intent to kill Russians,” Skabeeva complained.
“This is how we should be dealing with these bastards. We can grab him out of Ukraine and there’s nothing they could do, with our capabilities,” Zhuravlyov continued.
The exchange and kidnapping threat led Gallego to respond via Twitter, “F**k around and find out,” followed by an American flag emoji.
Fuck around and find out. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/buuFM7GBtm
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) December 15, 2021
The Daily Beast added: “Anti-American sentiments permeated the rest of the broadcast, as Skabeeva described Russia’s recent launch of an ‘Otvet’ advanced anti-submarine missile by the Russian Pacific Fleet as Moscow’s response to the discussions of ‘sanctions from hell’ in the U.S. Senate. Skabeeva pointed out that in Russian, ‘Otvet’ means ‘Response.’ Referring to Americans as the derogatory term ‘pindosy,’ Zhuravlyov implied that aside from responding to Western threats, Moscow could also strike first.”
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