Russian PM issues starkest warning yet that Syrian conflict will spark World War Three: Using ground troops ‘will draw in everyone’, says Medvedev
- Medvedev responded to a proposal from Saudis to send in ground forces
- He said: ‘U.S. and Arab partners must consider if they want permanent war’
- PM also attacked refusal of Western powers to work with Russian in Syria
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Dmitry Medvedev said a ground operation ‘draws everyone taking part in it into a war’.
Nations currently taking part in operations with the U.S.-led Coalition include Britain, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UAE, Australia and Canada.
When asked about a recent proposal from Saudi Arabia to send in ground troops, he said ‘the Americans and our Arab partners must consider whether or not they want a permanent war.’
Stark assessment: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that deploying ground troops in Syria could spark World War Three because ‘a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war’
Speaking in an interview published by the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Mr Medvedev also criticised the refusal of Western powers to collaborate with Russia in Syria.
The prime minister said ties at the level of defense departments are only sporadic.
His comments came as world powers announced a ‘ceasefire’ in Syria in a deal quickly dismissed by critics as ‘not worth the paper it’s printed on’.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last night said a ‘pause’ in hostilities between Syrian forces and Western-backed rebels would begin in a week after a crisis meeting in Munich.
John Kerry announced a temprary ‘cessation of hostilities’ alongside Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov
But, crucially, neither Bashar Al Assad’s government nor opposition groups have said whether they will obey the truce.
The deal also does not apply to Russian airstrikes which have been supporting advances by Syrian troops.
And it doesn’t include either ISIS or Al Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra which hold swathes of the country and contribute to much of the fighting.
The BBC reported that some diplomats are already saying the deal is ‘not worth the paper it’s printed on’.
Mr Kerry announced the deal just after midnight, saying leaders had agreed to ‘accelerate, expand’ humanitarian aid in Syria during a pause in the fighting to begin in one week.
Exodus: Up to 50,000 people have fled Aleppo city and countryside since the Russian bombing has intensified
He was joined in a press conference by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Syrian Peace Envoy Staffan de Mistura.
But Kerry reiterated that the war will not necessarily end in the near future and the agreement was merely to provide a ‘pause’ to allow humanitarian aid into Syria.
‘Sustained delivery will begin this week, first to the areas where it is most urgently needed… and then to all the people in need throughout the country, particularly in the besieged and hard to reach areas,’ Kerry said.
He also said peace talks between rebels and the Syrian government would resume in Geneva ‘as soon as possible’.
They were derailed earlier this month as the regime began bombarding the key rebel city of Aleppo with support from Russian bombers and Iranian fighters, triggering an exodus of 50,000 refugees.
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