John Kerry Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State John Kerry today warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay clear of the political turmoil in Ukraine, adding that the U.S. doesn’t view the international tussle over the democractic movement in Kiev as a continuation of the Cold War.
“We do not believe this should be an East-West, Russia-United States. This is not ‘Rocky IV’, believe me. We don’t see it that way,” Kerry said in a reference to the popular film in which Sylvester Stallone’s character is pitted against a Soviet bully.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Kerry urged Putin to be “very careful” as he plots a Ukraine strategy, and urged the Russian president to respect the independence movement – and Washington’s attention to the issue.