Russia has declared war on the West. A new Cold War. Twenty-five years after the first one ended, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference where he said that a new Cold War has begun.
Conflicts in the Ukraine and Syria have forced the United States and other nations to condemn the actions of Russia. The United States has gone as far as placing sanctions on Russia due to invading Ukraine, and those sanctions have had a negative impact on the Russian economy. According to Prime Minister Medvedev, Russia is being unfairly targeted by the world for the actions that the country is taking.
“Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or other countries.”
Do the complaints and concerns about the actions taken by Russia have any merit? The Russian Air Force has been acting in a manner that officials claim is unprofessional. It has been reported on numerous occasions that Russian aircraft have flown dangerously close to other military planes while they were in international airspace. According to Turkey, Russian aircraft flew into their country unauthorized, which led to Turkey taking the aggressive action of shooting the plane out of the sky.
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In Syria, intelligence reports claim that Russia is not only bombing targets held by ISIS, but are also striking targets in which civilians are being killed. At the Munich Security Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue with Russia in Syria.
“The vast majority of Russia’s attacks (in Syria) have been against legitimate opposition groups. To adhere to the agreement it made, Russia’s targeting must change. This is the moment. This is a hinge point. Decisions made in the coming days and weeks, and a few months could end the war in Syria –- or could define a very difficult set of choices for the future.”
NATO is very concerned about Russia’s involvement in destabilizing Ukraine. Some experts believe that Russia is taking steps to reacquire the countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko was also in Munich on Saturday and he addressed Russia directly about the war going on in his country.
“Every single day, Russian troops, Russian weapons, Russian ammunition penetrate into my country. “Mr Putin, this is not a civil war in Ukraine, this is your aggression. This is not a civil war in Crimea, this is your soldiers who occupied my country.”
Could this new Cold War become hot? An argument could be made that President Putin wants and is ready for an all-out war with the United States and Europe. Military experts in Europe have stated that the military exercises being performed by Russia are being used to train their soldiers for a full-scale war with NATO and by extension, the United States.
In regard to Syria, Putin has openly stated that military actions in Syria could lead to a war with the United States. The United States wants to remove President Assad from Syria, while Russia wants him to remain in place. An attempt by the United States to get rid of him could lead Russia to come to his aid militarily.
Putin has even threatened war with Saudi Arabia now that Saudi Arabia will be sending troops into Syria. A war with Saudi Arabia would destabilize the region even further, and lead to an even larger war in the region.
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A war between the United States and Russia would easily lead to World War III. Both countries are considered military superpowers and the destruction that war would have on the world would likely change human history forever.
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