Fyodor Lukyanov, Russia’s leading foreign policy expert, believes that World War III is taking place.
“There is a chain of conflicts affecting the whole world. In fact, World War III is going on,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, an expert at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP) and editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine commented in an interview published by Komsomolskaya Pravda last week.
Mr. Lukyanov said that recently, the world has witnessed old, frozen conflicts flaring up again, and mentioned the tension in Nagorno – Karabakh, the Russia – Ukraine conflict, and the escalation in the Middle East.
Mr. Lukyanov, who is also the research director of the Valdai International Discussion Club, said that the series of ongoing conflicts is essentially a new World War, significantly different from the two global conflicts. bridge in the 20th century.
Russia’s top foreign policy expert warns that the escalating situation in the Middle East is not the final conflict on the horizon, instead more hostility is expected to erupt worldwide soon. world and it seems that no one has the ability to stop them at the present time.
“The international order is breaking down. It is a worrying thing, based on fear of mutual destruction, but it is manageable. Wars in the Middle East have broken out before, But the Soviet Union and the United States intervened and quelled it until the next conflict. Now there is not even a temporary settlement mechanism,” said expert Lukyanov.
He noted that the militant group Hamas clearly chose the “right” time to attack Israel, as the country has been experiencing “permanent internal chaos” for more than a year.
Fighting over the past three weeks has left more than 8,000 people in Gaza and more than 1,400 people in Israel dead. This is the most serious conflict between Israel and Hamas in recent decades.
Israeli officials predict this conflict with Hamas will be a difficult and long war and Tel Aviv is prepared for this situation.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan warned last week that the only possible outcome of current Israeli-Palestinian tensions is “a lasting peace or a world war”.
Mr. Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the US President, warned that Washington sees an increasing risk of widespread conflict in the Middle East as Iran-backed groups continue to attack US forces stationed in the Middle East. area.
Amid the tense situation on the southern border due to attacks by Hamas, Israel also has to deal with raids by Hezbollah forces in Lebanon and forces in Syria.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warned that the Middle East could become a “gunpowder barrel” due to escalating tensions. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi also said that the diplomatic window to resolve the Israel-Hamas conflict is gradually closing, and this war is at risk of spreading to other fronts.