Turkey Warns World War III May Erupt as a Result of Russia-U.S. Tensions Over Syria

Pointing at surging tensions between Washington and Moscow, Ankara's Deputy prime minister says world is 'on the brink of a large regional or global war.'

Syrian rescuers carry away body of baby girl from the rubble of a building bombed as air strikes hammered Aleppo, killing dozens of civilians, on October 17, 2016.
Syrian rescuers carry away body of baby girl from the rubble of a building bombed as air strikes hammered Aleppo, killing dozens of civilians, on October 17, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus has warned that Syria's civil war held a risk of plunging nations into a new global war, according to an AFP report.

According to AFP, Kurtulmus said on Monday that "if this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war."

He went on to say that the conflict in Syria had put the world "on the brink of the beginning of a large regional or global war," reported AFP.

Tensions have risen between Washington and Moscow as talks to resolve the dispute in Syria have failed to yield any concrete results other than periodic ceasefires.

Both Russia and Syria halted airstrikes on Aleppo in preparation for a possible new temporary truce to permit civilians and militants safe passage out of the besieged city on Thursday.

The U.S. and UK have threatened to impose new economic sanctions against Russia and the Syrian government if the bombing of Aleppo goes on.

A Russian tabloid Moskovy Komsomolets cautioned last week that the fighting in Syria could ignite "direct military confrontation" reminiscent of the brinkmanship that led to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.