Relations between the United States and Russia have reached the lowest level in recent weeks over the conflict of the two superpowers in the Middle East.
It is fast becoming a Cold War II as Washington accused Moscow of war crimes committed in the region after the bombing of the devastated city of Aleppo.
Numan Kurtulmus, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, has recently issued an ominous warning that the bloody civil war could turn into an all-out global catastrophe.
Syria is being made a battle ground between the two superpowers as Kurtulmus dubs it a “proxy war” where the two nations are each backing opposing sides. The Syrian government, headed by the brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad, is politically and militarily supported by Iran and Russia,while the Syrian opposition, mostly represented by the Syrian National Coalition is supported by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.
According to Kurtulmus, Assad is being made a “pawn” in the game of war between the White House and Vladimir Putin. The PM also called for peace and to stop the war that is happening in Syria. He also said that Assad should step down as the dictator has no place in the future of Syria.
Last month, Turkey launched an offensive strike in Syria in the hope of tackling the growing threat of ISIS. During a conference, the deputy Prime Minister addressed the war in Syria, saying “If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war.”
He added that the world is “on the brink of the beginning of a large regional or global war.”
Putin has refused to make his ally step down from power and has been protecting the Syrian government from its opposition and the US airstrikes. Russia’s closest ally China has also joined the fray, saying the US is a real threat to Moscow and Beijing.
US President Barack Obama has set up a meeting tomorrow with his top officials to discuss whether the US will escalate its military power in Syria.
Tensions rise as Russia has recently moved its nuclear bombers onto a Cold War-esque footing with patrols sweeping the Westernmost regions of the US. Moscow is also reopening its Cold War-era bases in Cuba just 90 miles from the US border and began moving their naval power into Vietnam.
German minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the threat of war between the two nations is now “more dangerous” than the Cold War.
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