Ukraine crisis: US will ‘go to the hilt’ after Putin condemned for incredible act of aggression
Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russia’s actions ‘threaten peace and security in Europe’
Sunday 02 March 2014
John Kerry has called Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine “an incredible act of aggression” and said President Putin has made “a stunning, wilful” choice to invade another country.
The US Secretary of State urged Russia to respect the democratic process through which the Ukrainian people ousted their pro-Russian president and assembled a new government.
He is raising the possibility of boycotting the June meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrialised countries in Sochi, Russia. He is also discussing visa bans, asset freezes, and trade and investment penalties.
Mr Kerry said he spoke to foreign ministers from the G8 and other nations yesterday, and that everyone is prepared “to go to the hilt” to isolate Russia.