Agence France-PresseMarch 17, 2014 14:35
Russian lawmakers named by the White House as falling under sanctions from the United States after the Crimea vote reacted defiantly on Monday.
"There hasn't been anything like this even in the Cold War years," said Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, quoted by Interfax news agency.
"This is political blackmail," said Matviyenko, formally Russia's third most important politician, denying she had any assets, accounts or property abroad.
"No one will manage to scare us with any threats," she said.