WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State
The decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to send troops to Crimea, a region of Ukraine, "is really a stunning willful choice by president Putin to invade another country," said Kerry, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," one of several Sunday morning public affairs shows on which he appeared.
Kerry and Republican members of
"Nobody wants this to spiral in a bad or a worse direction," he said.
"The invasion of Crimea has already happened," Kerry said. "And we believe that President Putin should make the decision to roll it back."
He also appeared to concede that Russian forces would be able to establish control of at least that portion of Ukrainian territory. But, he said, in the long run, Russia would suffer economic and diplomatic isolation as a result.
“You know, he may be able to have his troops for some period of time in Crimea,” Kerry said on
"He's going to lose all of the glow that came out of the Olympics, his $60-billion extravaganza," Kerry added. "He may find himself with asset freezes on Russian business. American business may pull back. There may be a further tumble of the ruble. There's a huge price to pay."
"We have many options, like nations do. We're trying to deal with the diplomatic focus."
Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.N., said on CNN's "
Kerry said the
Over the past several days, Russian troops in unmarked uniforms have taken control of military installations and occupied cities in Crimea, a peninsula jutting into the Black Sea, in southern Ukraine, where much of the population identifies with Russia. Kerry’s remarks came after President Obama had a tense 90-minute conversation with Putin on Saturday.
“I don’t think anyone is advocating for” military action, Sen.
“Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close,” he said on
"There is not a lot of options on the table and candidly, I'm a fairly hawkish guy, sending more naval forces to operate in the Black Sea is really not a very good idea, given that we know that that day has long passed," he said. "And unless you're intending to use them, I wouldn't send them."
“President Obama needs to do something,” he said. “How about this: Suspend Russian membership in the
Kerry said the U.S. was considering a boycott of the upcoming meeting of Group of nations in Sochi, site of the
The Crimean intervention, by harking back to Russia's aggressive history, erased those public relations efforts, Kerry suggested.
"It's a 19th century act in the 21st century, and it really puts at question Russia's capacity to be within the G-8," he said.