President Obama thought he was taking a hard line when he issued sanctions against Russian officials following the Crimean vote to leave Ukraine.
But Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin thinks the sanctions are hilarious.
Rogozin was one of 11 Russian and Ukranian officials hit with economic sanctions today, and responded on Twitter calling whoever drafted the list a ‘prankster’.
In his tweets, Rogozin asks ‘Comrade @BarackObama’ how the sanctions will affect him since he doesn’t have ‘accounts or property abroad’.
Vladislav Surkov, one of President Vladimir Putin’s top aides, was also included on the list and just as ambivalent about his new restrictions.
‘It’s a big honor for me,’ he told a Russian newspaper. ‘I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.’
Those included on the list will now not have access to any assets under American jurisdiction and American banks will not be able to do business with them.
Additionally, they will not be allowed to travel into the United States.
The sanctions were designed to dissuade President Vladimir Putin from annexing Crimea after the Ukranian region passed a vote to join Russia.