18 Dec 2019 10:09

Russian General Staff chief sees no prerequisites for massive war

MOSCOW. Dec 18 (Interfax) - Russian General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov has said he sees no prerequisites for a massive war but there is a risk of crises that may run out of control.

"In our opinion, there are no prerequisites for the emergence of a massive war as of now," Gerasimov said at a meeting with foreign military attaches.

"However, global instability persists and is becoming more dynamic. To a large extent, this is the result of attempts of certain countries to push their principles on sovereign states, including by use of force. Unprecedented political, economic, and information pressure is being applied to countries trying to pursue an independent policy, among them Russia," the Russian Defense Ministry's newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda quoted Gerasimov as saying.

"Under these circumstances, we cannot rule out a possibility of crises, which may run out of control and develop into a large-scale military conflict," Gerasimov said.