Fighting in Syria has put the world ‘on the brink of a global war’, according to Turkey’s deputy prime minister.
Numan Kurtulmus said he fears a third world war over the rising tensions between Russia and the US, who are on opposing sides of the Syria conflict.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State John Kerry had warned that economic sanctions could be imposed on Russia and Syria.
While Britain and the US have called for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to resign, Russia backs the regime and has launched air strikes on the city of Aleppo.
Mr Kurtulmus said: ‘If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war.’
He said the world is now ‘on the brink of the beginning of a large regional or global war’.
According to activists, air strikes killed at least 36 people in Aleppo yesterday, including several children.
Turkey is an ally of Britain and the US, and has been part of the coalition targeting Isis with air strikes.
It has also helped rebel fighters reclaim territory from Isis in Syria and Iraq.