US And Russia ‘Will Go To War’ Unless Proxy Syria Conflict Resolved, Turkey Warns
- US And Russia ‘Will Go To War’ Unless Proxy Syria Conflict Resolved, Turkey Warns
by Bethan McKernan, http://www.independent.co.uk/
The Cold War superpowers broke off bilateral talks on Syria following the bombing of a UN aid convoy near Aleppo last month which the US said amounted to a ‘war crime’.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has warned that the “proxy wars” in the Middle East between the US and Russia could signal the reemergence of world-wide conflict between the two Cold War superpowers.
The complex five-and-a-half-year long Syrian civil war is on the brink of becoming a “wider regional war,” he said in an interview with state-run Anadolou News Agency on Wednesday. “If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war,” Mr Kurtulmuş said.
Talks between the two nations broke down following the bombing of a UN and Red Crescent convoy during a ceasefire on September 19. Relations between Russia and the other permanent members of the UN Security Council have also deteriorated over Russia’s role in backing renewed Syrian government air strikes which are decimating rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo and elsewhere across the country.
Mr Kurtulmuş called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “pawn” in the wider context of the conflict and said his removal from power is necessary for lasting peace.
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