Andreas RentzCollection:

Andreas RentzCollection:

Vladimir Putin may have been nominated for a Nobel Prize — and surprisingly, it’s for the Nobel Peace Prize.

According to the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Putin has been “reportedly nominated by the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Among the Nations of the World and backed by Russian MP Iosif Kobzon, for his averting of an air strike on Syria after the chemical gas attacks in August 2013.”

Putin’s aggressive actions toward Ukraine in recent days suggest that he’s, well, not exactly a shoo-in for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

>>>For further reading: Here are six actions Heritage experts are recommending the United States do in light of Russia’s actions toward Ukraine:

1. Show U.S. commitment to NATO.

2. Enact sanctions on Russia.

3. Enforce the Magnitsky Act.

4. Work with European partners.

5. Improve and deepen relations with Eastern Europe beyond defense.

6. Withdraw immediately from New START.

>>> Learn more about these recommendations