Russia’s embassy in London has issued a formal note of protest to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office over the words by the UK’s Chief of Defense Staff Sir Nick Carter that Russia’s behavior could escalate into a next world war, the embassy said in statement on Wednesday.
“On November 12, the embassy sent a note of protest to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office over the remarks by Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter made on November 10 in the BBC One’s Andrew Marr show and published in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper under a provocative headline ‘Reckless Russia could accidentally trigger a third world war’,” the statement said.
“The note of protest has drawn the British side’s attention to the fact that General Carter was intentionally trying to make an impression among the listeners and readers that Russia’s policy might end up with armed confrontation with the United Kingdom,” it said.
Russian diplomats asked the Foreign Office to clarify to “Russian counterparts along with the wide public the extent to which Carter’s remarks mirror the official stance of the government of the United Kingdom.”
“Quite lawful steps taken by the Russian Federation to assist Syria’s government in battling terrorism or to implement humanitarian projects in Africa were presented by the general as security threats for the United Kingdom comparable to the risk of a military attack,” the document says.