Kerry to Russia: Back Off in Ukraine, or Else
Secretary of state says additional sanctions may be coming
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 24, 2014 6:30 PM CDT
John Kerry speaks about the situation with Ukraine and Russia from the State Department in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. In unusually blunt language, Kerry said today that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions. He said It would be a "grave" and "expensive mistake." His comments come amid an increasingly bitter war of words over who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine that is becoming steadily more violent.

Kerry said Ukraine "is taking tangible steps" to implement a deal hammered out a week ago by the US, Russia, the EU, and Ukraine, CNN reports. "Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction. It is clear that only one side, one country, is keeping its word." In general, the US says Russia is fomenting unrest and separatist sentiment in eastern Ukraine following its annexation of the strategic Crimean Peninsula. Russia accuses the US of encouraging a pro-Western government in Kiev to adopt anti-Russian policies. (Read about a US journalist released by pro-Russia gunmen in Ukraine.)

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quesrty
Apr 26, 2014 9:32 PM CDT
As the old joke goes: "STOP!" or I'll.... shout "STOP" again!
Riffran
Apr 26, 2014 6:36 PM CDT
"Or else"...Obumma will draw yet another red line
heyyouyou
Apr 25, 2014 9:42 PM CDT
Obama's lack of care and accomplishments in Afghanistan is one big reason why the U.S military won't be able to defend Ukraine. I wish that the British, French and Germans throw in their military instead of ours, but they don't have any strategic preparations. Its the same thing over again. Western Europe has always been weak without the U.S. military to back them up.