Vladimir Solovyov, a prominent Russian figure, has asserted that the world need not fear the onset of World War III because, according to him, it is already underway.
Solovyov, a Russia 1 news anchor and supporter of President Vladimir Putin, expressed this view in a recently posted online video. He mentioned that even former U.S. President Donald Trump shares the belief that World War III is already on the verge of happening, Newsweek reported.
At a recent rally, Trump said, “I think we’re closer to World War III than we’ve ever been.”
Solovyov considers the United States part of the "collective West," comprising more than 50 countries, possibly including the European Union, a block which he views as an enemy to Russia.
He predicts that Western countries will ramp up their economies for war. Solovyov pointed to U.S. military actions in Yemen against Houthi rebels as an example.
In the video, Solovyov urged swift economic responses from Russia, suggesting a two-year timeframe.
Solovyov has a confrontational style, resembling a U.S. cable channel evening host with his strong words against political adversaries.
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Notably, Solovyov had previously called for the withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel from Europe in late December 2023, advocating for Russian bases as far west as Portugal. He also reportedly suggested the Kremlin invade Armenia and Georgia three months earlier to create a land corridor to Iran, although this has not materialized.
Ukrainian officials argue that Russia is pushing the world toward World War III, echoing concerns raised by President Volodymyr Zelensky in September 2023 about potential Russian expansionism.
It's worth mentioning that other world officials have used the term "World War III" in different contexts. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, for instance, stated that the world is in the midst of World War III against Iran-led radical Islam, with its influence already reaching Europe, The Week reported.
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