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Former President Carter: ‘Inevitable’ Russia Was Going To Invade Crimea

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Former President Jimmy Carter delivers remarks during the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration event, at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Former President Jimmy Carter delivers remarks during the “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration event, at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — 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 added that he warned Russia that the U.S. would respond militarily if they went any further.

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.

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