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Putin ally says World War III will ‘definitely’ start soon in Middle East

Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russian state broadcaster RT, predicted Monday that a Third World War would “definitely” break out in the Middle East.

In a series of posts on , although she said Russia would not participate. the imminent war.

“And now the third world war,” Simonyan posted on X on Monday evening. “Whether a world war breaks out now or a little later depends on whether Washington believes it will be useful now, before the elections, or vice versa. Judging by the silence of the American media, they are considering Again. “

Putin ally says World War III will happen 'definitely'
Margarita Simonyan, director of public broadcaster RT, attends a ceremony to present state decorations for achievements in various fields at the Moscow Kremlin December 20, 2022. Simonyan predicted on Monday evening that World War III was ” definitely” approach, but that Russia would not participate in the conflict.
VALERY SHARIFULIN/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images

Simonyan’s comments follow other allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin making similar statements in light of the Russo-Ukrainian war and the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyon, a presenter on Russian Channel 1, said earlier this week that World War III had already begun. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev claimed in a message to X in early December that there had not been such a high threat of “direct confrontation” between Russia and NATO since the war cold, criticizing President Joe Biden’s administration for funding Ukraine’s fight. against Russia and provoking a prolonged war.

“A world war will definitely break out,” Simonyan said in another article on Monday. “And with almost complete probability, precisely in the Middle East.”

News week contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry by email for comment.

Several member countries of the NATO military alliance have taken steps to prepare for the possibility of a war in Ukraine that spreads to other parts of Europe. Biden also warned that the United States would be drawn into direct conflict with Russia if Moscow succeeded in achieving its goals in Ukraine, urging Congress in a December statement to approve additional military aid to send to Kiev.

Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas attacks last fall also raised concerns of a larger international conflict. The war has sparked backlash from other Iran-aligned militant groups in the region, such as repeated attacks on ships transiting the Red Sea by Yemen-based Houthi rebels. Biden faced backlash last week after ordering several airstrikes on targets linked to the militant group.

Putin also warned of greater action against Western countries over their support of Kiev’s military, telling reporters on New Year’s Day that Moscow’s real enemy was not Ukraine itself. even but those “who want to destroy the Russian state and achieve, as they say, a Russian state.” strategic defeat of Russia on the battlefield. »

“Therefore, although their goal has been to deal with Russia since time immemorial, we will achieve this faster, it seems,” Putin added, referring to Western allies like the United States.