An official said such a move would hurt the Kremlin's image as a supplier.
The items include medical supplies, water purification units and generators.
A group of House lawmakers is headed to the Asia-Pacific on Friday for a week of talks with top leaders in Japan, South Korea and China to discuss strengthening economic, trade and security ties.
President Obama’s effort to refocus U.S. attention to the Asia-Pacific region is falling short, a new report by the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warns.
A new report comes days before President Obama travels to the region.
“What would you need Alaska for?” Putin said with a smile.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said NATO members needed to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense in order to stop Russia from invading neighboring countries.
“Considering what President Putin is doing right now in Ukraine, it is more important than ever for every NATO ally to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense,” McCain said.
The exchange appeared to be designed to embarrass the United States.
"It's all nonsense," Putin said.
Obama says Russia realizes U.S. military is "significantly superior."