Russia raises possibility of ‘world war’ if Syria talks fail

REUTERS photo12/02/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the specter of a possible “world war” if international powers fail to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria, warning against any ground operations by U.S. and Arab forces. Medvedev, speaking to Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper on the eve of talks between major powers on Syria in Munich, said the United States and Russia, and even Turkey, must exert pressure on all sides in the conflict to secure a ceasefire. “Our estimate is negative because all ground operations, as a rule, lead to permanent wars. Look at what is going on in Afghanistan and a number of other countries,” he said when asked about Saudi Arabia’s offer last week to supply ground troops if a U.S.-led operation were mounted against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “The Americans must consider – both the U.S. president and our Arab partners – whether or not they want a permanent war,” Medvedev said, according to the transcript of the interview published on the website of the Russian Prime Ministry…




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