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A Yars intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile is fired during training from Plesetsk cosmodrome in Northern Arkhangelsk region, Russia in this undated file photo. — Picture by REUTERS

Putin warns the West a Russia-Nato conflict is just one step from WW3

MOSCOW, March 18 — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Monday that a direct conflict between Russia and the US-led Nato military alliance would mean the planet is one step away from World War Three but said hardly anyone wanted such a scenario.

The Ukraine war has triggered the deepest crisis in Moscow’s relations with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Putin has often warned of the risks of nuclear war but says he has never felt the need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron last month said he could not rule out the deployment of ground troops in Ukraine in the future, with many Western countries distancing themselves from that while others, especially in eastern Europe, expressed support.

Asked by Reuters about the Macron remarks and the risks and possibility of a conflict between Russia and Nato, Putin quipped, “everything is possible in the modern world”.

“It is clear to everyone that this will be one step away from a full-scale World War Three. I think hardly anyone is interested in this,” Putin told reporters after winning the biggest ever election landslide in post-Soviet Russian history.

Putin added, though, that Nato military personnel were present already in Ukraine, saying that Russia has picked up both English and French being spoken on the battlefield.

“There is nothing good in this, first of all for them, because they are dying there and in large numbers,” he said.

— Reuters

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