Donald Trump says WW3 is very close as Putin ally threatens to use nukes

Disgraced former US President Donald Trump has warned that World War 3 is "very close," as one of Vladimir Putin's cronies has threatened to use nuclear weapons.

At the Florida Freedom Summit last week in Kissimmee, Florida, US, the former president spoke about his plans should he win in his re-election bid in 2024. The 77-year-old said: “I make you this promise as your president. … I will restore peace through strength, and yes I am the only one that will prevent World War III because we are very close to World War III.”

The more orange than ever presidential hopeful boasted that during his tenure he "kept America safe, kep Israel safe, I kept Ukraine safe and I kept the world safe."

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"Israel, Ukraine would have never happened under the Trump Administration," he added. "I sort of was right about everything".

And he may not be wrong about World War Three. Vladimir Solovyov, a prominent Russian TV host and unapologetic propagandist for Putin, recently fumed that Russia would deploy nuclear weapons "right away" in the event of escalating conflict with NATO.

He was reacting to comments from NATO leaders about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Peter Nielsen, the commander of NATO forces in Lithuania, recently suggested that the Russian enclave Kaliningrad would be blockaded in the event of a broader Russia-NATO conflict.

"Does he think that they will encircle us in a blockade, and we will sit and count our bullets?" Solovyov said, as translated by The Kremlin Yap on X, formerly Twitter.

"Doesn't he realise that we're going to strike with nuclear weapons right away? It is beyond comprehension…We're going to say goodbye to all these countries. 'What happened here? I don't know. You can't make sense out of the embers.'"

He continued: "NATO guys, are you really cretins? Do you honestly think that we, with all our gigantic stockpile of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, will listen to [those opposed to the use of nuclear weapons], who always say, 'No, stop it'? We won't even ask them."

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Solovyov is the latest in a long string of Russian figures, including former president Dmitry Medvedev, to threaten nuclear action.

In an article he wrote for the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazet about Poland offering assistance to Ukraine, Medvedev wrote: "Poland's reckless actions, if rashly supported by its NATO allies, may have far-reaching dangerous consequences for the entire world. And then Poland will fulfill the role of 'the hyena of Europe' that unleashed World War III."

And just this week, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs and a prolific social media commentator, shared a clip of retired Russian colonel Mikhail Khodaryonok appearing on a state-run news program, discussing tensions with nations on the Baltic Sea.

He warned Sweden, which is in the process of joining NATO, against antagonistic behaviour towards Russia. Adding that tensions in the region could lead to an inevitable nuclear conflict with other NATO members in the region.

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