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Medvedev: Relations with West are complicated, but new wars are not to be even in thoughts

November 11, 2015, 6:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In response to a question about probability of new world wars he said "I believe this scenario is simply impossible in the XXI century."
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Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

© Alexander Astafjevs/press-service of the Government of the Russian Federation/TASS, archive

MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Russia has been having a period of complicated relations with the Western countries, but still repeating tragedies like World War II are unacceptable even in theory, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta, adding most country leaders realise responsibilities for what they are doing.

"Speaking about relations of this country with a few Western countries - currently they are far from ideal, they experience a complicated period, some even say about the second ‘cold war’," he said. "Anyway, it is not about terms, but about realising that every country leader, every supreme commander - a president or a prime minister if it is a parliamentary republic - realises well the responsibility for decisions of the kind. "

In response to a question about probability of new world wars he said "I believe this scenario is simply impossible in the XXI century."

"The planet has seen two world wars. Clearly, nothing of the kind is acceptable even in thoughts," the prime minister said. "I would not want to admit a chance of that."

He could not share the opinion the current generation of politicians, who were born after World War II, take calmer those tragic events.

"Not many of the current country leaders can remember that period; this would not mean we take differently the tragedy of war, the catastrophes of war times," he said.

The prime minister quoted Alert Einstein saying "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

"By this he meant to say that the mankind would not live through the third global nuclear war; and in this aspect this is quite true," Medvedev said.

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