Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that the United States shouldn’t impose harmful sanctions on Russia, as he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “is not going to use military force” in eastern Ukraine.
“I don’t think we would go so far as to impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people.”
Mr. Carter argued that Russia’s takeover of Crimea was “inevitable” and that the West couldn’t have done anything “to prevent that eventuality.”
“My hope and my belief is that Putin is not going to use military force” in eastern Ukraine, he said. “He is going to try to use other means to convince those people who live there that their best option is to cast their lot more towards Russia than towards the West. So I don’t think there is anything we can do that is going to deter Putin.”
Vice President Joseph R. Biden warned Tuesday during a two-day visit to Kiev that more provocative behavior by Russia “will lead to more costs and to greater isolation.”
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