Kerry disputes claim Putin seized Crimea knowing Obama wouldn’t respond

Kerry disputes claim Putin seized Crimea knowing Obama wouldn’t respond

[Ed. – Who among us doesn’t think Kerry is a feckless blowhard?]

Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday challenged the notion that President Vladimir Putin went ahead and seized control of Ukraine’s Crimea on the assumption that President Obama would do nothing in response. Russia was not operating from “a position of strength,” he declared.

Appearing on three Sunday talk shows, Kerry said Russia’s actions were reminiscent of “19th century” behavior, and warned that possible consequences could include G8 isolation of Russia, visa bans and sanctions.

He acknowledged that Putin “may be able to have his troops for some period of time in Crimea,” but said that Russia would ultimately “lose.”

On NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory recalled that Kerry just last Wednesday had said Putin gave assurances to Obama that he would respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

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