Vladimir Putin will not back down as the war drums beat between Moscow and Washington, according to Russian military experts.The Kremlin and the White House are sitting in a tense standoff as the US accuse Russia of “war crimes” over atrocities in Syria.
Relations have plunged to Cold War levels, but tensions could heat up as it is warned Putin is primed and ready to go to war against the US.
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Russian military man Lt Gen Yevgeny Buzhinsky laid the blame at the door of the West for provoking the anger of the Motherland.The retired general said: “Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one.”
“But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”
The stark warning comes as the US moves to DEFCON 3 on their nuclear warning system, according to reports.
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“As Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one”
Lt Gen Yevgeny Buzhinsky
Today, Russia accused the US of “unprecedented threats” and “borderline insolence” as talks once again failed to a ceasefire in Syria.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “”The threats directed against Moscow and our state’s leadership are unprecedented because they are voiced at the level of the US vice president.
“To the backdrop of this aggressive, unpredictable line, we must take measures to protect our interests, to hedge risks.”