Kerry Warns Putin: ‘All Options Are On The Table’

Secretary of State threatens Russia with sanctions, visa bans and asset freezes over Ukrainian incursion

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that “all options are on the table” after the Kremlin directed a military invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the major world powers are “going to isolate Russia” in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in the region.

“This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext,” Kerry said on NBC’s Meet the Press, adding that the United States and Western leaders are prepared to respond with economic sanctions, asset freezes and visa bans on Russia for its actions in Crimea.

Russian troops invaded the peninsula Saturday, capturing the capital and deploying troops across the Ukrainian peninsula, where ethnic Russians represent a majority of civilians.

(PHOTOS: Crisis in Crimea: Unrest in Russian Stronghold)

Western leaders are prepared to isolate Russia if it doesn’t de-escalate tensions, Kerry said. “Russia has major investment and trade needs and desires. I think there’s a unified view by all of the foreign ministers I talked with yesterday, all of the G-8 and more, that they’re simply going to isolate Russia, that they’re not going to engage with Russia in a normal, business as usual manner, that Russia is inviting opprobrium on the international stage.”

“There could even be, ultimately, asset freezes, visa bans. There could be certainly disruption of any of the normal trade routine. There could be business drawback on investment in the country. The ruble is already going down and feeling the impact of this,” Kerry continued.

Congress should begin working on sanctions immediately, the Secretary of State said in a separate interview on ABC’s This Week, as well as on an aid package to Ukraine. “The hope of the U.S. and everybody in the world is not to see this escalate into a military confrontation.”

Kremlin-directed troops surrounded Ukrainian military bases and dug trenches to hold Crimea, even as Ukrainian troops mobilized on directions from Kiev. The situation escalated Sunday, as pro-Russia demonstrations continued in Eastern Ukraine and more Russian troops moved into Crimea. 

“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich) said on Fox News Sunday, criticizing the administration’s tepid response to Russia. “They’ve been running circles around us.”

102 comments
AllenVictorCox
AllenVictorCox

Oh! what evil webs we weave! when we Practice to deceive Kerry the Liar has lost any credibility he ever had over Chemical weapons that he alleged Assad used Hello USA you Gave these chemicals to be used by your Scum Al Qaeda  Terrorists you Arm Train and support  the whole lot of you need to be held accountable and that goes for the Presidenti who is their main supporter! 

simonzee197340
simonzee197340

I wonder how Americans feel about the irony of the billions promised to Ukraine by Kerry going straight to Russia to pay Ukraines gas bill. A great bit of tokinism as your gas bills go up. Just wait till gas prices go up everywhere as Obama uses gas exports as an international diplomatic tool.

simonzee197340
simonzee197340

Isnt it interesting the U.S... the Brits and the French courted Gadaffi as Libya's sovereign leader. It just that he pitched his tent outside the French palace on French soil and refused to sign an oil deal. This was his death sentence. Do you really naively think that France is intetested in human rights.of course International law prevented arms from being pumped into Libya but that did not stop other Arab countries that wanted Libyan oil.

I predicted the French would push themselves into Northern and Central Africa after Libya and this is happening now. They care about oil and their French companies nothing else. They are not missionaries they are colonists. It's in their DNA and Mr Obama is following behind like a lost boy.

Let's be clear. I warned Cameron and Obama of the effect of legitamising a coup in the Ukraine. The specific warning was that this precedent would inspire other protestors to sidestep the election process which is central to having a vibrant flourishing democracy. Within 12 hours protestors had stormed the Libyan Congress and shot two MP's and now congress has to be relocated. The Western media is steering the sheep so we hear nothing of this. Watch carefully on the Internet and tension will spike in other countries will follow this United States led model. KEEP THE MISSION CREEP IN LIBYA.

barry_shitepoke
barry_shitepoke

Thought I heard Kerry threaten the use of the dreaded "Chocolate Option". Stay tuned.

JacksonKentebe
JacksonKentebe

Hundreds gave up their lives while thousands got injured in Ukraine for the European dream, to be part of us, to sign the EU-Ukraine pact. Now, it is our turn to stand up to the Russian dictatorship and tyranny. Protect the Ukrainians, put our money where our mouth is and tell the sadistic and dictatorial Putin that it is unacceptable in the 21st century to just go Invade another country. When will it stop. First it was South Ossetia, now it is Crimea, Ukraine's autonomous territory. Next it would be Poland and the Chezch republic if Putin is not stopped. We have a duty to the people of Ukraine. We have a duty to democrary, to the stability of the world as we know it to stop tyrants like Putin by any means necessary. If not we would have on our hands someone who makes Hitler look like a Christmas day ferry. If we do not make Russia suffer for this insane, unprovoked violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine, we would have become a joke and everything we have always preached would be the biggest fallacy there ever was. Pummel Russia with financial sanctions, the USA that is good at flexing its muscled in minor situations should do so now. Be prepared to go to war if necessary, the EU as well because our economic and oil interest aside, it has become obvious that Russia has become a threat to international peace and security and like a bully needs to be nipped in the bud by any means necessary.

CezaryZbikowski
CezaryZbikowski

EU will only put another scratch on the tiger ....and JewSA? Cant even support its own problems....and your stupid president is taking about economical sanctions against Russia!!! Does he think it is Cuba? You couldnt even destroy Cuba in 50 years with sunctions.....WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFE!!!!!!!



weltschmerz
weltschmerz

How many times has the US "trumped up" EXACTLY the same pretext? Why does only the US have a right to protect its economic interests (let alone its citizens: just imagine if there had been regions in Iraq populated largely by Americans!) abroad by any means available? Yanukovich's goverment, elected democratically in elections that were declared fair by international observers, was thuggishly removed by a mob, forcing him to flee and breaking an EU-brokered agreement that had been signed just two days ago (why was the EU so quiet about that, by the way?). This had been in the cooking pot since 2004, when the US and EU began building up an army of "peaceful", "democracy-loving" activists (as they usually do in non-fully-compliant countries) to poison and galvanize public sentiment against Russia backed by nationalist and fasctistic leaning factions of Ukranian society. It's time now for Russia to do something about it, take Crimea back and show the "West" that Russians don't care for its hypocrisy, regardless of Western people's mainstream-brainwashed opinions.

bobbybear1954
bobbybear1954

Soldiers wearing masks, and no markings on their uniforms, is this a game of paintball ?

fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

Kerry is a LIAR.  All options are NOT on the table.  The Obamaniac immediately too the threat of military force off the table.  In 1939, the Russians invaded Poland.  In 1940, the Russians invaded Finland.  In 1956, the Russians invaded Hungary.  In 1968, the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia.  In 1979, the Russians invaded Afghanistan.  In In 1994, the Russians invaded Georgia.  In In 2014, the Russians invaded Ukraine. If we don't stand up them militarily NOW, as DEMOCRATIC President Kennedy did, the Russians WILL NOT STOP invading other countries.  Why should they ?  We have a proven track record of doing NOTHING when they invade other countries.  Great Britain and France went to war over the invasion of Poland in 1939.  We should do no less over the invasion of Ukraine.

bgamall
bgamall

This is the same John Kerry who said that the WTC7, the tower not hit by a plane, was detonated. It is on Youtube. He knows the score. He is just bluffing here.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

"Congress should begin working on sanctions immediately, the Secretary of State said..."

You mean the Do Nothing Congress?  That one?

I'm sure Putin is gravely concerned.

hypocriteseverywhere
hypocriteseverywhere

Ukraine restaurants will only serve sausages cut into pieces to Gay patrons. Ukraine has Arizona`s full support!

hypocriteseverywhere
hypocriteseverywhere

Ukraine has more multi-billionaires per capita than America. They promise to show America how to achieve this once 35 billion American taxpayers dollars are transferred to Ukraine. Congress says it`s a good deal!

hypocriteseverywhere
hypocriteseverywhere

Russia using Stand Your Ground Law! Florida throws support behind Putin!


simonzee197340
simonzee197340

Blah...Blah..Blah. One word if you know anything about hypocricy, "Libya."

CezaryZbikowski
CezaryZbikowski

@JacksonKentebe  You have duty nowhere!!! Stop killing people all over the world and tell your terrorist president to fix Usa internal problems, before invading other countries and telling them what to do.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@bobbybear1954  Wished it would be that funny if not the thought of people who will die because of your stupid observation. This is not a game.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@sowerwines  Then Obama will be force to do something he is avoiding. Commitment and responsibility. He will be forced to take military action if all else fails.

CezaryZbikowski
CezaryZbikowski

@ahandout  if you dont know russian dont comment on the language  reset - сброс, сбросить and much more , depends on what type of reset it is. English is so limited is not even funny....only one word for reset...

weltschmerz
weltschmerz

@fafoxy11772"In 1939, the Russians invaded Poland"? It was the nazis who invaded Poland, you idiot. Only two years later did Russia enter the war, and freed Poland from the Nazis. Get your history straight.

goodwill
goodwill

@fafoxy11772   please learn history not from brainwashed sources.... and give back california to mexicans, all this land to native americans, go back to where you belong to...

goodwill
goodwill

@fafoxy11772  please learn history not from brainwashed sources.... and give back california to mexicans, all the land to native americans, go back to where you belong to...

jhon
jhon

@fafoxy11772  This track of taking no military action has a reason. Taking milliliter action would lead to nuclear war which is devastating for both sides 

hypocriteseverywhere
hypocriteseverywhere

@fafoxy11772 Get your hunting rifle and family together and fly to kiev. They are looking for conscripts. Winter on the Russian front will be a fun vacation for you and your family!

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette  You should point your accusing finger that Idiot you call your President at the White House. It was Putin`s contempt for him that caused all this. The President is always responsible to set the pace, make decisions and foster bipartisanship decisions. Cong Rogers was right when he said Putin plays chess while the Idiot plays marbles.

jhon
jhon

@ReneDemonteverde @sowerwines   even if all fails it's very unlikely that the us will take military action on Russia since war on  Russia is not the same as war on Iraq or Afghanistan   and it will have serious repercussion both sides.

1267MM*
1267MM*

@weltschmerz @fafoxy11772  

TO ALL LACKING KNOWLEDGE!!!!!

SEPTEMBER 1, 1939 GERMANY INVADED POLAND FROM THE WEST, SEPTEMBER 17, 1939 RUSSIANS INVADED POLAND FROM THE EAST, 

READ YOUR HISTORY PEOPLE BEFORE YOU ENGAGE IN POSTING MISLEADING INFORMATION!!!!

CezaryZbikowski
CezaryZbikowski

@weltschmerz @fafoxy11772  You wrong my friend....Germany and Soviet Union (NOT Russia big difference) attack Poland in 1939 in September just few days apart. Ribbentrop - Molotov pack made them allies and they had big plan to divide Europe in two. Only when Hitler broke the pact and attacked Soviet  Union things turned around.......you should get the facts straight .....Stop watching Hollywood movies and stop listening to Zionist propaganda.



CezaryZbikowski
CezaryZbikowski

@goodwill @fafoxy11772   well, today's Mexicans are not so "natives" ...they could give back the land to original people and go back where they came from........Really there is no Mexican, Original ppl from north are completely different than from centre, and from west are very different from those from east , even south -east are very different than south - west....On today's Mexican territory are over 70 different native languages and spanish is not one of them .....quierido amigo.

CezaryZbikowski
CezaryZbikowski

@ahandout @CezaryZbikowski  Sorry Man, I hear so many stupid things about Russia and the ignorance make me quite angry.....sometimes my anger makes me miss couple things here and there....You are write, listening to it once again I hear it. Cheers.

KevinWern
KevinWern

@mantisdragon91 @KevinWern @ReneDemonteverde @AlphaJuliette  Over 400 days american's being held in Iran in 1979, by a president that is a close 2nd. to the worst and you know who that is .   The man that free them was president Ronald Reagan in one day [i might add] .  Just think if that happen with this MAN in office GOD help us.

KevinWern
KevinWern

@mantisdragon91 @KevinWern @ReneDemonteverde @AlphaJuliette  Third most popular president of all time pal.  [you say] that the only reason Putin is doing this is that Obama is in charge Putin knows a weak leader when he see one. And Ronald Reagan was NOT a weak leader like this man is AND YOU KNOW IT, but to afraid to really say it .  Get past the color of his skin for a moment please.!!!!!!