Recent reports have indicated that half of Russia’s citizens are fearful that the current armed conflict in Syria may escalate further possibly leading to World War 3.
And with good reason as, there is now news of a delay in peace talks due to the failure of Western countries “to rein in violent rebels in Syria.” Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu has also accused these countries of backing rebels who have been attacking civilians in western Aleppo, despite pausing Russian and Syrian air strikes.
“As a result, the prospects for the start of a negotiation process and the return to peaceful life in Syria are postponed for an indefinite period,” Shoigu shared.
And it comes to no surprise that 48% of Russians said that they were concerned that “heightened tensions in relations between Russia and the West could grow into World War 3.”
Surprisingly though, more than half of the 1,600 respondents of the survey also said that they back the air strikes. Only 26 percent are against them.
Adding to the growing tensions is the alleged deployment of submarines in Irish waters by Moscow which has pushed the UK to take action as well. According to Aussie Network News, London has already sent escort ships to escort the Russian submarines back to their country, away from British waters.
The ship sent by the Royal Navy was also supposedly joined by another member of NATO to escort the Russian subs.
Despite reportedly being just a show of might by Russia, some are still questioning Moscow’s true intentions as the submarines are speculated to have been equipped with missiles.
These movements also come after Moscow also unveiled a new stealth submarine, which is supposedly undetectable even by powerful radars. Called the Veliky Novgorod, the submarine is allegedly planned to be tested in the Black Sea.
With all these developments, threats of World War 3 among Russia, its neighboring countries and the US, have reach alarming levels, but fortunately none of them have pulled the trigger (and hopefully they never will).
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