John Kerry warns Vladimir Putin on Ukraine: 'This is not Rocky IV'

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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 democratic 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.

“We are not looking for confrontation. But we are making it clear that every country should respect the territorial integrity here, the sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia has said it will do that and we think it's important that Russia keeps its word,” said Kerry.

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