Russia To Impose Sanctions On U.S. Senators


(TRNS) – As tensions between the United States and Russia continue to rise over the situation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will impose his own sanctions on high-ranking U.S. officials, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

U.S. Senators and Obama administration officials are said to be on the list in a direct response to the new round of sanctions imposed on Russia by President Obama on Monday. Among those included is Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the second ranking Democrat in the Senate.

“My Lithuanian-born mother would be proud her son made Vladimir Putin’s American enemies list,” Durbin told The Daily Beast. Durbin is assumed to be on the list because of his recent actions in the Senate where he helped write a resolution that criticized Russia’s military intervention in Crimea.

Durban is the only U.S. official that was confirmed in the report, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that he expects to be named as well.

“You think I’m not going to be on it?” McCain said. “I would be honored to be on that list.”

McCain went on to dismiss the effects any potential sanctions would have on him personally, joking that he was “going to have to try to withdraw my money from my secret account in St. Petersburg.”

The sanctions are sure to only increase with Russia’s declaration today that they had annexed Crimea.