Mar 21, 2014 12:20 AM by Alex Labat
Nine U.S. Officials, including Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La), are not allowed to travel to Russia. It's all part of the fallout after the Russian takeover of Crimea. This morning President Obama introduced a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, including members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle. Then, Russia said they were issuing their own sanctions against nine lawmakers and leaders, including Landrieu. These latest sanctions, stoking old fires from the cold war, says UL Political Science Professor Dr. Elizabeth Nyman. "Is Russia going to be content with the Soviet Union dying, we are now a different country, we have different borders. Or as a lot of eastern European countries fear, is this another step in, "Hey, remember us?", says Nyman.
So why Senator Landrieu? For one, the senator's vocal criticism when Russia stopped American families from adopting Russian children. She was very candid about her opinions on the matter, but Landrieu is also chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. Another reason why Putin may have singled her out. "There's been some interesting speculation on where Europe is going to go. Some people have said that they're going to reach out across the Atlantic, they're going to look to U.S. they're going to look to Canada. As the U.S. has ramped up it's local domestic production of energy, perhaps we can take advantage of Europe looking for new markets", says Nyman.