Kerry: US, EU will react if Crimea annexed

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia that it will face immediate, "very serious," steps from the United States and Europe if it annexes Ukraine's Crimea region.


Kerry told a Senate committee on Thursday that Moscow should expect that the US and European Union would take measures against it on Monday should it accept and act on the expected results of this weekend's referendum in Crimea. Crimeans are to vote on joining Russia on Sunday in a vote that the US and EU say violates Ukraine's charter and international law. (AP)