Support The Moscow Times!

Rogozin Goads McCain in Sanctions Squabble

A spat between U.S. and Russian officials over escalating and reciprocal sanctions showed no sign of letting up on Friday, with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin goading Senator John McCain over an earlier comment he made about Siberia.

On Thursday, Washington levied a second round of sanctions against Russian officials and businessmen over the annexation of Crimea, prompting Russia to respond almost immediately with travel bans and assets freezes for several U.S. officials.

House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman said that his boss considered his inclusion on the list to be a great source of pride, while McCain opted to mock Siberia as a possible destination for vacationing.

"I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen," McCain quipped in a statement. "Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea."

"Well, Jonnie, never say never!," Rogozin wrote on his Twitter account in response to McCain's comments about Siberia.

A Twitter message written by Rogozin in response to McCain's Siberia remarks. 

It was Rogozin who kicked off the sparring on Monday, when he taunted U.S. President Barack Obama on Twitter for including him on the first U.S. sanctions list.

"Comrade Obama, what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn't think about it?)"

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.