CNN cites the Atlantic Council for hosting Secretary of State John Kerry at its two-day “Towards a Europe Whole and Free” conference:

“We would not like to resort to some steps — retaliatory measures. I hope there will be no need,” Putin said, according to ITAR-Tass.

But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared unfazed. He pledged Tuesday in an address to the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, that NATO would stand united to defend its members’ territorial integrity.

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