Mr Kerry said that Russia has a path out of the conflict. But that the US is fully prepared to impose sanctions on the Russians if they pursue a military invasion of Ukraine.
President Obama has threatened Russia with political and economic isolation and Mr Kerry emphasised that economic sanctions will be tough, and backed by at least 10 other countries. He said he had spoken to many other Foreign Ministers.
“All of them, every single one of them are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion. They’re prepared to put sanctions in place, they’re prepared to isolate Russia economically.”
Visa bans, asset freezes and other kinds of economic action would also be used against Russia, he said.
“We’re not trying to make this a battle between East and West, we’re not trying to make this a Cold War. Nobody wants this kind of action, there are many ways to resolve this kind of problem.”