World, Russia-Ukraine War

Serbian president warns of looming threat of global conflict like WWII

Further complications likely in Russia and China's relations with the West, says Aleksandar Vucic

Mustafa Talha Öztürk  | 20.09.2022 - Update : 21.09.2022
Serbian president warns of looming threat of global conflict like WWII Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic


In a month or two, the world could enter a conflict of a magnitude not seen since World War II, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday. 

In an interview with Serbian public broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia, Vucic said the conflict in Ukraine could be “approaching a major war.”

“I assume that from the phase of a special military operation we are approaching a major war, and now the question is where are the borders and whether we will go after some time, maybe in a month or two, into a major world conflict the likes of which we haven’t had since World War II,” he said.

Vucic, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, said he expects further complications in Russia and China’s relations with the West.

“I expect that everything we will see in the coming period will be further complicating relations between the West and Russia, but also between the West and China,” he said.  

Serbia, Kosovo tensions

Vucic said one more country has decided to withdraw its recognition of Kosovo’s independence.

Last month, Vucic claimed that seven countries were rescinding their recognition of Kosovo as an independent state.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, with most UN member states, including the US, UK, France, Germany, and Türkiye, recognizing it as a separate autonomous country from its neighbor.

Serbia continues to see Kosovo as its territory, while Russia and China are among the countries that have yet to recognize Kosovo’s independence.

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