Talks about World War 3 erupted today, as reports of Russia’s ballistics tests made headlines around the world, sparking fears of armed conflict in the western part of Moscow. On top of this, sources have also indicated that the country’s president Vladimir Putin has signed off an order for nuclear bombers to fly patrols near American airspace.
These moves have prompted rising concern among other countries, especially the US, who has been facing increasing backlash from Moscow due to unresolved issues between the two superpowers. These issues include continuous economic sanctions against Russia, as well as the break-off of negotiations concerning the civil war in Syria.
But Russia, on the other hand, denies that their actions are any sort of threat to the US or other countries.
“Scheduled activities of our operational and combat training are misrepresented as ‘alarming signals’, shared Russian defense minister Sergey Shoygu. “The ideas of a military threat, a new cold war or an arms race are being circulated. Of course, it is not true.”
Although there are still other signals that has put many countries on edge, specifically Putin’s placement of Iskander missiles in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad- which is between Poland and Lithuania. To many this has been (mis)interpreted as not just a threat to the US, but to other NATO nations.
World War 3 Factions
So in a worst case scenario, and World War 3 breaks loose, which countries will be on whose side?
From the get-go, it may seem like Russia will be going up against the world, although this may not be the case, especially if China is factored in.
Recent reports are also speculating that China is also looking to make themselves part of the tensions, with Russia even admitting that they have been working with the country to go against America’s expansion of its defense network. Factor in North Korea, who pretty much follows whatever China and Russia decide and this could make for a very large army, looking at numbers alone.
But America still has the backing of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which is made up of 27 other European and North American countries. From a faction standpoint, they may outnumber China, Russia and North Korea, but in terms of sheer size, NATO will seem undermanned with around 3.5 million deployable military versus the three country’s 4.3 million deployable manpower (and that’s just for active reserve personnel alone).
In any case, hopefully, the tensions cool down, as no one (in their correct state of mind) wants to see World War 3, right?
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