McCain Would Be ‘Honored’ If He Were Banned From Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to release a list of U.S. officials who will be sanctioned, which likely means a freeze on their assets in Russia and a prohibition on travel there, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) really hopes that he’s one of them.

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

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), who has been outspoken in criticizing Putin and Russia, is expected to be on the sanctions list. Other potential names include Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, though the list is still being finalized, according to the Daily Beast.

The sanctions are a retaliation against the Obama administration’s announcement Monday that it would place sanctions on several high-profile Russian and Ukrainian officials.

McCain recently took a trip to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian officials. He has consistently chastised Putin and Russia for their intervention in Crimea.

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