Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic warned on Tuesday the world is about to enter a global conflict not seen since World War II.
Vucic said in an interview with Serbian public broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia that the current Russia and Ukraine conflict may be “approaching a major war.”
“I assume that from the phase of a special military operation we are approaching a major war, and now the question is where are the borders and whether we will go after some time, maybe in a month or two, into a major world conflict the likes of which we haven’t had since World War II,” he said.
Vucic also warned he expects further complications in Russia and China’s relations with the West.
“I expect that everything we will see in the coming period will be further complicating relations between the West and Russia, but also between the West and China,” Vucic added.
Vucic’s warning comes as Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 military reserves – a first in Russia since the Second World War.
Putin warned the West that “the wind can also blow in their direction” regarding nuclear weapons, adding, “I’m not bluffing.”
The Russian leader also vowed to defend the new territories by “all means.”
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said.
Putin accused the West of trying to “divide and destroy” Russia, adding: “Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tables can turn on them.”
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba vowed: “The Russians can do whatever they want. It will not change anything. Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will keep liberating them whatever Russia has to say.”
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Liz Truss said United Kingdom’s support for the Ukraine war effort in 2023 would match or exceed the 2.3 billion pounds ($2.63bn).
“The UK will continue to be right behind you every step of the way,” Truss had promised to the people of Ukraine ahead of her arrival in the US on Tuesday.
As Aljazeera reported:
London’s commitment of $2.63bn in 2022 to Kyiv resulted in the UK becoming the second-largest military donor to Ukraine.
UK military aid has involved the provision of hundreds of rockets, 120 armored vehicles, and five air defence systems, and some 27,000 Ukrainian troops have been trained by UK forces since 2015, according to the report.