April 9th, 2014
11:39 AM ET

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Ukraine: 'We Are Always Looking At Options We Need to Take'

CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto sat down with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today in China to talk about the developing situation in Russia and Ukraine.

Some 40,000 Russian troops are massed along the Ukraine border but Moscow is telling Ukrainians and the west that it’s no cause for concern.  Sciutto asked Hagel, who’s traveling in China, if Russia is looking for any excuse to go in.

SCIUTTO: Are you more concerned today than you were, for instance, last week, that Russia will take the next step and go into eastern Ukraine?

CHUCK HAGEL, U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY: We're always vigilant and we’re always looking at the options that we need to take. As you know, General Breedlove, who is our supreme allied commander, has been tasked by NATO to come up with new and additional measures and options. He will be reporting those options back to me, as well as to NATO. So we don't take anything for granted.

Watch the preview clip above and see this full interview on "The Situation Room" Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. ET on CNN.

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