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John Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression'

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned Russia against its military incursion into Ukraine, saying the United States could respond with visa bans, trade penalties, and a boycott of the next G8 summit to be held in Sochi, Russia, in June if Russia does not withdraw its forces. On Face the Nation, Kerry called Russia's deployment of troops to Crimea an "incredible act of aggression," adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had acted out of "weakness and out of a certain kind of desperation."

"It is really a stunning, willful choice by President Putin to invade another country," Kerry said. "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext."

The U.S., France, Britain, and Canada have already announced they will sit out upcoming preparatory talks ahead of the G8 summit.