A former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers believes that Russians are ready for a new World War. According to him, Russia’s readiness to enter another war is observed in their recent activities in Syria.
Just yesterday Russia’s military carried out a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests involving the new Topol missile.
Sir John said the international balance of power was shifting because of the growth of Russian military strength.
Sir John told BBC Radio 4: “We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the Cold War because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington.
“We all have to be a little bit careful and mindful of the security of our embassy in Moscow when we think about calling for demonstrations here in London.”
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for people to demonstrate outside Russia’s London embassy over alleged war crimes surrounding the bombing of a hospital in war-torn Syrian city Aleppo.
Yesterday a spokesman of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sparked fury by suggesting that protestors should also target the US embassy for Washington’s involvement in the conflict.
But Mr Johnson has today told a parliamentary committee that he does not envisage another Cold War.
He said: “It is doing many, many terrible things but I don’t think Russia today can be compared with the Soviet Union that I remember as a child. I don’t think it is as much of a threat to the stability of the world as the former Soviet Union.
“I don’t think it’s entirely right … to talk about a new Cold War.”
Recalling the ransacking of Britain’s embassy in Iran by a mob in 2011, he said: “I don’t think that would happen in Moscow, but we need to be careful about the consequences of things that we call for.”
Russia has been accused of war crimes over its Syria bombing and being implicit in destroying an aid convoy.
Its defence ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, dismissed the accusations as a “storm in a glass of muddy London water”.
Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday refused to join French calls for the Russians to be prosecuted for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.
She said: “What we all know is that the only real solution for peace and stability in Syria is a political transition, and it’s time Russia accepted that – that the future of Syria is a political transition to a stable Syria free of Assad.”
It comes as Russian politicians and officials with children studying in the West were told immediately to bring them home.
Local media also reported that older relatives and Russian citizens were also told to return to the “Fatherland”.
And last week, Putin ordered a nuclear preparation drill involving more than 40 million people.
The Daily Star also revealed that the UK Government would warn us of a coming nuclear war by texting us.