161013-putin-war-preparationsReaders of the Express may be panicking (this is its top-rated story at the time of writing) but I don’t think the rest of us need to – just yet.

Yes, Vladimir Putin is making a lot of loud noises, but he hasn’t issued any “back off or there will be war” ultimatums yet.

And I notice he hasn’t cancelled his upcoming visit to India.

Mr Putin has put forward his side of the argument over Syria in an interview with French journalists. It’s published on the Russian government’s website, so we should be aware that it may not be completely frank, but there is cause for optimism.

He states: “America is a great country, and Americans are interesting, amiable and talented people. They are a great people and nation.

“We will work with whomever the Americans elect. Of course, it is easier to work with those who are willing to work with you. If Trump says he wants to work with Russia, we appreciate this. But it must be mutually honest.

“We must increase mutual trust and admit that these [terrorists] are common threats, and it is only together that we can curtail and eradicate them.”

I’ll publish more of the interview shortly, but it seems – at least from the above – that we are in no immediate danger.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has issued an emergency decree that all officials urgently repatriate any family members living abroad amid fears the world is about to be plunged into a new global conflict.

According to reports, the Russian leader has told diplomats of all ranks to “bring relatives home to the Motherland”.

Administration staff, politicians and public sector workers have been ordered to take their children out of foreign schools immediately.

Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told the Daily Star: “This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war’.”

Among the recommendations is for students in foreign universities to shift to Russian institutions.

Older citizens should also return to Russia, the diktat seen by Znak.com apparently states.

Source: Vladimir Putin orders Russian officials to fly home relatives over fears of world war | World | News | Daily Express

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