President Vladimir Putin of Russia has ordered officials with relatives abroad, and Russians studying or living outside Russia to return home immediately.
The President made this high-level warning to politicians and high-ranking figures in the country, when he ordered them to prepare for a world war, which according to him is imminent, The Daily Star reports.
Amid rising tensions between Russia and the US over the civil unrest in Syria, President Putin suddenly cancelled his much anticipated visit to France, where he was supposed to meet his French counterpart, François Hollande, over issues bordering on Russia’s role in the Syrian war and also unrest in Ukraine; this cancellation however, has raised eyebrows from the international community.
French government, said it wanted Russia’s bombardment of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo to be investigated by the International Criminal Court as a war crime, the reason which the Russian government later gave as Putin’s reason for cancelling the proposed meeting.
“This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some big war,” Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told the Daily Star.
Russian foreign policy analyst Fyodor Lukyanov considered Putin’s cancellation of his Paris visit a “serious step” toward Cold War relations with the West.
“This is part of the broader escalation in the tensions between Russia and the West, and Russia and NATO,” he told Agence France-Presse.
More so, Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky, a retired Russian General, told the BBC Russia that US interests would suffer if the situation escalates.
“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,” Buzhinsky warned.
US-Russian relationship have been severed following President Obama’s decisions to pull out of talks on Syria, with the US accusing Russia of hacking into computers at the Democratic National Committee.
The Russian military has also be moving nukes within range if Berlin and also testing ballistic missiles vigorously.
On Saturday, Russian warships were seen at the English Channel, testing bombs off the British coast, according to a news reports. These move put the British Royal Navy on high alert.
It will also be recalled that President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned that there will be consequences, if Democratic party candidate, Hillary Clinton wins the US Presidential election.