Russia bans entry to US lawmakers, officials

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From left, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attend a tri-partie social summit meeting ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014. EU heads of state begin a two-day summit on Thursday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

From left, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attend a tri-partie social summit meeting ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 20, 2014. EU heads of state begin a two-day summit on Thursday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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)

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)

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday 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 on Thursday 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.”

Associated Press

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