Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, speaks with Cathrin Kahlweit, a correspondent at the Suddeutsche Zeitung, as he travels aboard a commercial flight from Kiev to Vienna, enroute to Brussels for a European People's Party summit, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Yatsenyuk has declared the recent violence as pro-Russian military forces took control of some military facilities in Crimea, showed the conflict has gone beyond the "political stage" of the Ukrainian dispute.(AP Photo/David Azia)
MOSCOW — Russia today 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 today 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.).
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.”