Syria has been a conflicted region with several countries acting on their interests: in support of the rebels, in support of the current regime or against the ISIS. In a new statement from Russia, the country warns of a “new world war” in light of the failed peace talks. Will World War 3 erupt in Syria?
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claimed that a new world war is inevitable if concerned powers cannot come to an agreement on how to address the conflict in Syria. Likewise, the minister also warned that any ground activities from the Arab and American forces could aggravate the situation. Furthermore, Medvedev emphasized how Russia and the United States should apply pressure on all sides to ensure that the ceasefire will persist. “This is bad as a ground offensive usually turns the war into a permanent one. Just look at what happened in Afghanistan and many other countries,” Reuters quoted the minister. “The Americans and our Arab partners must think well: do they want a permanent war?” he said. “All sides must be compelled to sit at the negotiating table instead of unleashing a new world war,” he further warned.
Morning News USA has consistently reported of the complicated situation in Syria ever since Russia decided to join the war against the ISIS. The U.S. and Russia relations had been worse since the Ukraine crisis erupted, not to mention that they are old time foes since the Cold War era. The two nations had been avoiding direct confrontation but the minute Russia joined the fight against ISIS in support of president Bashar al-Assad, miscalculations are imminent. The Pentagon had been training Syrian oppositions that constitute the New Syrian Forces fighting the Assad regime. And if Russia is targeting groups fighting against President al-Assad, then the situation is tantamount to Russia and U.S. conducting strikes against each other. U.S. has the responsibility to protect the Pentagon-trained Syrian opposition. To make matters worse, Turkey, a strong US and NATO ally, downed a Russian bomber in November.
Nonetheless, Russia is also concerned with another “war” brewing on another part of the world. According to reports, NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to bolster forces in Eastern Europe. The decision came even with Russia’s warning to refrain from such provocation.
“NATO Defense Ministers agreed on an enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of our Alliance,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a statement. The official also said that the strengthened force is “multinational, to make clear that an attack against one Ally is an attack against all Allies, and that the Alliance as a whole will respond.”
“It will be rotational and supported by a program of exercises; and it will be complemented by the necessary logistics and infrastructure to support pre-positioning and facilitate rapid reinforcement. Our military planners will provide the advice on the size and composition of our enhanced presence this spring,” added Stoltenberg.
Russia previously warned NATO not to expand in Eastern Europe as this can threaten the security situation. “We have not overcome Europe’s division: Twenty-five years ago the Berlin Wall fell, but Europe’s division was not overcome, invisible walls simply moved to the East. This created the foundation for mutual reproaches, misunderstanding, and crises in the future,” RT quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We need to respect each other, each other’s interests, and follow the same rules instead of constantly changing them to suit someone’s interests.”