In an interview Wednesday with a local Washington, D.C., affiliate, Secretary of State John Kerry said he doesn’t know anyone who wants the U.S. to go to war with Russia over Crimea, an autonomous republic in the southern region of Ukraine before Russia’s military intervention.“I don’t know anybody in America who has suggested to go to war over Crimea. Do you want to go to war over Crimea? I don’t know anybody who says you ought to go to war over Crimea, so therefore, your options are economic and diplomatic and isolation,” Kerry said.

As previously reported, despite repeated warnings by the Obama administration not to interfere in Ukraine’s soverneignty, Russia intervened militarily in the region. On March 2, the U.S. acknowledged that Russia was in control of Crimea. On March 16, Crimea voters approved a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

On March 17, the White House announced it had imposed travel bans and froze the assets of seven senior Russian and four Ukrainian officials. Putin was not sanctioned though, because it would be “highly unusual and rather extraordinary” for the U.S. to sanction a head of a state of another country, a senior administration official said.

“Critics argue that Putin is sort of a classic strongman, that he took our measure in Syria, Iran, other places and figured out that the west didn’t have the will to stop him from doing what he was doing,” WUSA-TV anchor Derek McGinty asked the secretary.

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