Ex-President Carter: Russia's invasion of Crimea was 'inevitable' but Putin 'needs to stop'

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Ex-President Carter: Russia's invasion of Crimea was 'inevitable' but Putin 'needs to stop'

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former President Jimmy Carter says the Crimean annexation was "inevitable" because Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian.

But he says Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn't be permitted to go any further.

On the "Late Show with David Letterman" Monday, Carter recounted when then-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

Carter recalled the U.S. ambassador, declared an embargo and withdrew from the Olympics. Then, Carter said, "We began to arm the freedom fighters."

He says that was "successful at stopping them there."

Carter says he believes no matter how President Barack Obama or European nations tried to head off the takeover, Putin would have gone ahead with it, but he shouldn't be allowed to go further.

Geographic location: Russia, Crimea, NEW YORK, N.Y. Afghanistan U.S.

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  • U.S. Canada
    March 25, 2014 - 08:28

    there is A lot of political posturing on this issue. the reality is Russia considers it to be part of their country and so many Crimeans consider themselves Russian. the fact that x president Jimmy Carter stated that U.S. "armed " freedom fighters in 1979 shows the U.S. government took part in A violent struggle to achieve A political goal in order to overthrow The said government . just shows what the U.S is All about. Does Canada want to get involved in this high level political criminal activity, and does Prime Minister Stephen Harper really know what is going on?