Putin’s Russia orders all officials to fly home their relatives living abroad over fear of global war. Russian government is ordering all officials to fly home their family members living outside the four walls of the country over fear of possible global war. According to reports from local media, the news erupted after Russia’s president Vladimir Putin cancelled his proposed visit to France following the furious row over Moscow’s role in the Syrian conflict.
Meanwhile, the relations between the US and Russia took a twist last Monday when Washington announced it would be suspending its negotiation with Moscow over its refusal to halt airstrikes on Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has also warned that the world is at a ‘dangerous point’ due to rising tensions between Russia and the US. The exact reason for the order is not yet clear.
But Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky is quoted by the Daily Star as saying: ‘This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war’.’
Relations between Russia and the US are at their lowest since the Cold War and have soured in recent days after Washington pulled the plug on Syria talks and accused Russia of hacking attacks.
The Kremlin has also suspended a series of nuclear pacts, including a symbolic cooperation deal to cut stocks of weapons-grade plutonium.
Putin’s decision to cancel his Paris visit came a day after French President Francois Hollande said Syrian forces had committed a ‘war crime’ in the battered city of Aleppo with the support of Russian air strikes.