Russia’s permanent representative to the UN: the Syrian conflict will not lead to third world war

Russia’s permanent representative to the UN: the Syrian conflict will not lead to third world war


MOSCOW, February 18. Permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin believes that the Syrian crisis will not be the beginning of a new world war.

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This opinion he expressed in an interview with radio station “Kommersant FM” and newspaper “Kommersant”.

“It is hoped that this will not happen. No matter, I think, to some kind of global conflict, “world war three” with Russia, the Americans, NATO and so on,” he said.

The diplomat stressed that the war in Syria “cannot go on for another five years.” “Syria is on the verge of collapse. Moreover, it is about the disaster for the whole of the Syrian people”, – the diplomat added.

The establishment of no-fly zone over Syria is impossible

About creating a no-fly zone in the skies over Syria to speak already late, said Vitaly Churkin.

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“Now you’re not. It’s late to talk about it. When all the flying and bombing, talk about no-fly zones”, – the diplomat said.

“It is theoretically possible to imagine that in the process of implementing the agreements on the cease-fire will be proposed not to use the airspace, but this is a purely theoretical question, especially in terms of our presence in Syria,” he added.

With a proposal to create a no-fly zone along the Syrian – Turkish border on Wednesday gave Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her view, Russia airstrikes and troops of Bashar al-Assad “does not meet the spirit of the resolution adopted by the UN in December and, thus, efforts to reduce violence”. Merkel said that it would be a good sign, “if an agreement was reached between the Assad regime and its allies and coalition against ISIS”, which would allow the creation of “something in the nature of a no-fly zone, in which there is no bombing, in which civilians will not be subjected to pressure and killings”, on the territory between Aleppo and the Turkish border.

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