Russia warned on Thursday that a "new world war" could start in Syria as Persian Gulf countries are saying they will send ground troops into the region, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Both Russia and the United States called for a ceasefire in the country's civil war, with Russia suggesting March 1. The United States said that would allow two more weeks for Russia to continue bombing so-called moderate rebel forces, which the United States is backing.
Saudi Arabia, leading a group of other Arab states, offered its own plan to have Arab troops on the ground.
That worried Russia, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev telling Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper, "The Americans and our Arab partners must think well: Do they want a permanent war?"
Such as war would be impossible to win quickly, Medvedev said, "especially in the Arab world, where everybody is fighting against everybody."
All sides should be compelled to join negotiations instead, he said.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced an agreement for "cessation of hostilities"
in Syria during meetings in Munich, but noted that the parties involved will have to agree to it.
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