A Russian political analyst has said that a nuclear war between the United States and Russia would result in a complete annihilation of the human race, ending the earth as we know it.
Edward Lozansky, president of World Russia Forum, made the first-of-its-kind remark by a relatively known figure in the political sphere about a possible major conflict between the Cold War-era foes and two of the largest economies on earth who have constantly been at loggerheads with each other in the last several decades.
Lozansky made these remarks in a telephone interview to Press TV and was responding to a recent statement by Republican Senator John McCain about Russia.
On Friday, McCain had rejected the possibility of war between the US and Russia but Lozansky said on Sunday that even the mention of the world war – which leads to people thinking about its possibility -- is condemnable.
He added that words coming from the US should always be taken with scepticism.
"Of course, no one wants war, especially a war between the United States and Russia because this can quickly turn into a nuclear war and this can be end of the civilization as we know it," said Lozansky, adding: "But when people like McCain say some sort of that, there is a little trust in these words. And the best way to avoid a possible war scenario is to people like McCain not be (at) leading positions, because on one hand he is saying that the US will not start a war, but then (at) the same time he is talking about the global US domination, leadership, increasing the military budget."
McCain, in an interview with EuroNews last Friday had ruled out the possibility of an all-out war between the two countries but had, however, insisted that the US must do everything to "lead" the world.
He said America should do "everything we can to restore American leadership – that means to lead."
"In other words we have to have a robust policy to give the lesson...to Vladimir Putin that he can't just move across Europe."
In his repose on Sunday, Lozansky concluded: "I am very sceptical of McCain's statements and since he is becoming...the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, I don't think it's very good for the cause of world peace."