A potential confrontation between the United States and Russia would create an “extraordinarily dangerous” situation which drags world nations into a war, says an American political commentator.
Keith Preston, chief editor and director ofAttacktheSystem.com, said if a confrontation happens between the US and Russia, “there is no limit on how far it could spiral.”
“A conflict between the United States and Russia could ultimately involve not only NATO but also Iran, Syria, Iraq…. and it’s even possible that other nations from the BRICS axis could intervene on behalf of Russia,” he told Press TV on Thursday,
On Wednesday, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva warned that the enforcement of a no-fly zone in northern Syria would drag the US into a direct confrontation with Russia and Syria.
“It is an extraordinarily dangerous situation, when you have these major powers that are all involved in the conflict with the Daesh (ISIL) on the ground and they all have different objectives,” Preston said.
“If, for example, Russia were to shoot down an American plane or the United States were to shoot down a Russian plane, and that led to a direct confrontation between Russia and the United States, not only would that be an extremely dangerous situation as far as a confrontation between the two powers, but also it would allow for the United States to invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty and that would potentially trigger a war between NATO and Russia or between other states that were aligned with Russia.”
Since late September 2014, the US and its allies have been carrying out airstrikes purportedly against Daesh positions in Syria.
“What the Americans should be doing is withdrawing from the region, and allowing the Syrian government and its allies and its backers to successfully defeat the Daesh,” Preston said. “That should be the first priority.”
Russia, that has been conducting airstrikes on Daesh positions at the request of the Syrian government since September 30, said the US-coalition has failed to defeat or even contain the terrorists.
Daesh terrorists were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government.