Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday brushed off the news that Russia had imposed sanctions against him and eight other American officials in retaliation for U.S. action against Moscow.
“I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen,” McCain said in a statement. “Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”
Russia’s government said the sanctions aimed at McCain and others were in response to new sanctions from the White House announced Thursday.
“There should be no doubt: for every hostile attack, we will respond appropriately,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned in a prepared statement. The sanctioned Americans are barred from entering territory controlled by the Russian Federation.
Along with McCain, the sanctioned U.S. officials include House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio); Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.); White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer; and deputy national security advisers Ben Rhodes and Caroline Atkinson.
“If standing up for #democracy & sovereignty in #Ukraine means I’m #SanctionedByPutin, I’ll take it,” Menendez said in a tweet.
“Proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression,” Boehner tweeted.
The new U.S. sanctions go after senior Russian officials much closer to Russian President Vladimir Putin than in the initial round handed down Monday. The sanctions are in retaliation for Russia’s moves to annex Crimea from Ukraine.
“We’ve seen an illegal referendum in Crimea and illegitimate moves by the Russians to annex Crimea and dangerous risks of escalation with threats to Ukrainian personnel in Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine as well,” Obama said Thursday. “These are all choices the Russian government has made, choices that have been rejected by the international community as well as the government of Ukraine.”
Here’s a complete list of sanctioned Russian officials, from the Treasury Department:
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