23 Sep 2022 09:40 am
Former US President Donald Trump has warned that the ongoing Ukraine crisis could escalate into a global conflict. In his view, things would never have gotten this far if he were still in the White House.
The conflict in Ukraine could escalate into a third world war, former US President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would use any means necessary to defend Russia should its territorial integrity be threatened .
The ex-president wrote on his social media platform Truth Social that the current Ukraine conflict “should never have happened”. Trump also claimed that if he were still in the White House, hostilities between Moscow and Kyiv would never have broken out. “As I’ve made clear for a long time, this could lead to World War III,” he added.
On Wednesday, Putin announced a partial military mobilization of around 300,000 reservists who are to be called up for active duty. The Russian head of state also warned that Moscow would “use all means to protect our people”, if necessary with nuclear weapons. Putin also stressed that this was not a bluff.
This isn’t the first time Trump has sounded the alarm about the fallout from the Ukraine crisis. In June, he slammed his successor, President Joe Biden, for his administration’s handling of the crisis and accused the incumbent of sending tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Kyiv, which Trump said fueled the conflict only fueled it more.
“We are in serious danger from what is happening in Ukraine and with Russia. This could end in a world war, the way they are handling it. It is crazy what they are doing,” he told Joe Biden at the time. During a telephone interview with the British Independent last Tuesday, Trump said that if he were still US President, he would meet with Vladimir Putin to end this war in Ukraine. “I would talk to him, I would meet with him. I mean, there’s obviously no communication between him and Joe Biden.”
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