Carter Center Confirms Former US
President Talked with Putin, Gave Syrian Maps to Russian Embassy
By Daniel Wiser
Washington Free Beacon
October 22, 2015
The Carter Center, the nonprofit
organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, confirmed on
Thursday that Carter corresponded with Russian President Vladimir Putin about
Moscow’s intervention in the Syrian war and provided reports and maps to the
Russian embassy in Washington.
The Washington Free Beacon reported on
Carter’s recent comments about Putin, in which he said the two “have a
common interest in fly fishing” and have exchanged email addresses. Carter
said he offered to send maps of the Syrian conflict to Putin amid reports that Russian
forces have been targeting U.S.-backed rebels, not the Islamic State
terrorist group as Moscow has claimed.
“So in the future, if Russia
doesn’t bomb the right places, you’ll know it’s not Putin’s fault but
it’s my fault,” he said.
The Carter Center said it has
regularly posted online updates about the Syrian war, including maps showing
that the majority of Russian airstrikes have not been launched against the
The Carter Center closely follows
events in Syria and regularly publishes reports about conflict developments on
its website. These reports are publicly available and are forwarded to all
interested parties, including Syrians across political divides and governments
in the west and in the region. A recent report details Russia’s
ongoing airstrikes in Syria, underscoring that the vast majority of the
airstrikes do not target ISIS, as the Russian government asserts.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
brought the Carter Center’s published reports and maps on the Syrian conflict
to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attention on Oct. 15, and his office
shared a copy of the same publicly available online report and maps with the
Russian Embassy in Washington on Oct. 19.
It remains unclear what the
Russian embassy will do with the maps and reports from the Carter Center.
Reuters reported on
Wednesday that nearly 80 percent of Russia’s airstrikes have targeted areas
not controlled by the Islamic State, including the northwestern provinces of
Homs, Hama, Latakia, Idlib, and Aleppo.