Senator banned by Putin: But my Siberian vacation!

Dan Coats
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Indiana Republican Dan Coats found himself on a Russian sanctions list this week, and responded in the only way he knew how: cracking some jokes at Vladimir Putin's expense.

The state's senior senator was one of nine officials Putin banned from entering Russia in response to sanctions the United States levied over the situation in Crimea.

(Read more: Sanctions may spoil Russia's party)

Some, like Ohio's John Boehner, said they were proud to be banned.

Then there was Coats, who decided to play it for laughs.