The Associated Press
MOSCOW -- Russia on Thursday imposed entry bans on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials in response to Washington's sanctions over Crimea, the first retaliatory strike by Moscow.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday released the list that includes House Speaker House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
It also names Ben Rhodes, a deputy U.S. national security adviser along with other White House advisers, Caroline Atkinson and Dan Pfeiffer, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. and Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Dan Coats, R-Ind.
“Being sanctioned by President Putin is a badge of honor,” Sen. Landrieu said. “It will not stop me from using my power as chair of the Energy Committee to promote America as an energy superpower and help increase energy exports around the world. We must minimize Russia’s influence over Europe, the former Soviet states—especially Ukraine that has fought so long for freedom—and our allies. And it most certainly will not stop me from advocating for orphans in Russia and around the world.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry misspelled Reid's name as Reed.
The move came minutes after President Barack Obama introduced a new round of U.S. sanctions, including some senior Kremlin officials and lawmakers along with businessmen close to President Vladimir Putin.
"There should be no doubt, we will respond in kind to any hostile action," the Foreign Ministry said. "We have warned repeatedly that the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States."