Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize and served in the White House from 1977-1981, during Cold War years when Leonid Brezhnev ran the Soviet Union.
But Carter looked foolish after a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 29, accompanied by other members of The Elders group of retired global leaders. Carter, 90, pronounced Putin as committed to the Minsk peace agreements. Carter also backed Russia’s annexation of Crimea, saying that it was inevitable and represented the will of the peninsula’s people. Considering that Putin invaded Ukraine’s Crimea by military force and instigated the year-old war in eastern Ukraine with Russian soldiers and equipment, Carter’s assessment was laughably uninformed and carries no credibility.