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Louisiana senator banned from Russia after US sanctions

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is one of nine American officials no longer welcome in Russia.

Her name was on a list that appeared Thursday on the Kremlin's website. It also listed Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, according to a statement from Landrieu's office.

"Being sanctioned by President Putin is a badge of honor," Landrieu said. "It will not stop me from using my power as chair of the Energy Committee to promote America as an energy superpower and help increase energy exports around the world.

"We must minimize Russia's influence over Europe, the former Soviet states—especially Ukraine that has fought so long for freedom—and our allies. And it most certainly will not stop me from advocating for orphans in Russia and around the world."

Landrieu has been working to push shale-gas exports from the U.S. into the European Union, which gets about 30 percent of its petroleum and natural gas from Russia. Her move comes on the day that the U.S. Treasury's issued more sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

The only gas export terminal under construction so far is in Louisiana, the statement said.

The senator plans to be at the helm of hearings next week in Washington, D.C., which include talks about expanding liquefied natural gas exports from shale formations. The hope is that would make the U.S. a competitor with Russian exporter OAO Gazprom in supply to Europe.

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