Lawmakers #proud to be Russia-sanctioned

Lawmakers thumbed their noses at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sanctions that would prevent them from visiting the country. 

“I'm proud to be sanctioned by Putin - I'll never cease my efforts & dedication to freedom & independence of #Ukraine, which includes #Crimea,” tweeted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). 

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On Thursday, Putin imposed entry bans on nine lawmakers and officials in response to the U.S.’s sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials. 

“There should be no doubt, we will respond in kind to any hostile action,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, according to the Associated Press. “We have warned repeatedly that the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States.”

“If standing up for #democracy & sovereignty in #Ukraine means I'm #SanctionedByPutin, I'll take it,” tweeted Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. 

“Proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression,” House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) tweeted. 

The list also includes Ben Rhodes, a deputy U.S. national security adviser, White House advisers Caroline Atkinson and Dan Pfeiffer, and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Mary Landrieu, (D-La.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.). 

Reid retweeted Menendez’s Tweet, while Rhodes, Pfeiffer, Landrieu and Coats have not yet tweeted on the matter at the time of this article’s publish.