“America and Russia WILL come to a point of war.”
- Turkish deputy PM has warned world could be plunged into global conflict
- Says it would see America and Russia on opposing sides as tensions surge
- Numan Kurtulus says the only way to avoid it is to solve the Syria crisis
- Comes as airstrikes continue to bombard the city of Aleppo killing 45 people in 24 hours
Turkey has warned the world will be plunged into a global conflict with America and Russia on opposing sides if the war in Syria cannot be resolved.
Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus made the comments as tensions between Washington and Moscow surged in the last week with the U.S. pulling the plug on Syria talks and accusing Russia of hacking attacks.
It comes as his country and Western allies have been calling for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down, while Russia is a key backer of the regime in Damascus alongside Iran.
Mr. Kurtulmus said:
“If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war.”
He then warned that the Syrian conflict had put the world
“on the brink of the beginning of a large regional or global war.”
Relations between the Russia and the U.S were already at their lowest since the Cold War over the Ukraine conflict.
Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for a war crimes investigation after accusing Moscow and the regime of deliberately bombing hospitals as a Russian-backed assault on Aleppo in northern Syria continues.
While earlier this month, Russia said it was suspending joint research with the United States on nuclear energy projects earlier this month.
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minster’s warning comes as it was reported that at least 12 civilians in Aleppo were killed in airstrikes, bring the number of dead in 24 hours to 45.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five children were among the dead on Monday in the rebel-held district of Marjeh in east Aleppo. Dozens more people were wounded or still trapped under rubble.
Of the 45 civilians killed, the highest number of dead were in Qaterji, where Russian raids claimed 17 lives overnight, said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.
Meanwhile yesterday the US and Britain acknowledged, the Western world’s weak support for any military action against Syria’s government.
After a meeting of 11 governments opposing Assad’s rule, Mr. Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson each insisted that all options were on the table. But their stark explanations about the danger of resorting to military force appeared to rule out such a move.