US President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement
about Ukraine on the South Lawn of the White House in
Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing
Russia has imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine US
officials and lawmakers as tension over Moscow's annexation of
Crimea mounts, warning the West it would hit back over "every
Three White House officials and five US senators - Harry
Reid, Robert Menendez, John McCain, Mary Landrieu and Dan
Coats - were among the Americans barred from Russia, the
Russian Foreign Ministry said.
US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was also on
"We have repeatedly warned that sanctions are a double-edged
instrument and would hit the United States like a boomerang,"
the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "There must be no doubt:
We will respond adequately to every hostile thrust."
Moscow's action followed US sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian
and Crimean individuals announced by President Barack Obama
on Monday and again on Thursday.
The latest US sanctions, which also involved a bank, targeted
several individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin
in retaliation for his military seizure of Ukraine's Crimea
region. Any assets they have in the United States will be
frozen and they will also be barred from US travel.
The White House officials cited by Moscow were senior Obama
adviser Dan Pfeiffer and deputy national security advisers
Ben Rhodes and Caroline Atkinson.
Lawmakers in Washington were quick to welcome their new
"The speaker is proud to be included on a list of those
willing to stand against Putin's aggression," Boehner
spokesman Michael Steel said.
Senator Dan Coats threw in a bit of sarcasm.
"While I'm disappointed that I won't be able to go on
vacation with my family in Siberia this summer, I am honored
to be on this list," the Indiana Republican said.