By Kristina Wong - 03/20/14 12:51 PM EDT
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 McCainJohn McCainFULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention Republican foreign policy advisers call on Congress to probe DNC hack Trump’s minimum wage two-step confuses business groups, advisers MORE (R-Ariz.).
“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 MenendezRobert MenendezTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE (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 BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (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 ReidHarry ReidThe Trail 2016: Her big night Reid: Trump 'may have' broken the law with Russia remarks Senator slams Reid for 'dangerous game' on Trump briefings MORE (D-Nev.) Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuBrazile’s new role? Clean up DNC mess oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE, (D-La.) and Dan CoatsDan CoatsMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Indiana GOP taps lieutenant governor to replace Pence GOP rallies to Trump's 'law and order' message after Baton Rouge MORE (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.