Vladimir Putin will take THIS side if Donald Trump takes US to war against North Korea

Sunday, October 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

VLADIMIR Putin looms large over the raging fear of war between the US and North Korea –but whose side is Russia really on?

By Henry Holloway
22nd October 2017

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have waged a war of words this year as the fear of a nuclear conflict looms over the Korean Peninsula.

Moscow has repeatedly called for calm in the region, sharing a small eastern border with North Korea, and Vlad himself has described the threat as “catastrophic”.

Threats of war hang overhead as the US carries out massive naval drills in the region and blasts supersonic bombers on the Korean Peninsula.

But if nuclear conflict broke out, who would Putin side with in World War 3?

Daily Star Online can reveal what Russia would do if war became reality between North Korea and the US.

Russia considers North Korea’s nuclear programme an “annoyance and irritation”, Korea expert Dr Leonid Petrov told this website.

He described the whole row as a “relic of the Cold War” driven by “paranoia”.

“One error” by Kim or Trump could escalate the conflict into World War 3 drawing in both Russia and China, Dr Petrov warned.

However, while China would march to war “to rescue Kim”, Putin would work to avoid “open confrontation” with the US.

Dr Petrov, from the Australian National University, said Russia wouldn’t directly side with North Korea in a potential war, but provide indirect support to China.

“If North Korea is under attack China would probably step in, restore balance and rescue them one more time,” he explained.

“Russia would be happy to support China logistically, but maybe not directly, and Russia would pretend to remain impartial in the conflict.”

Dr Petrov added: “Russia is rather sympathetic to North Korea, but at the same time they are irritated and annoyed with North Korea’s persistent attempts to create nuclear weapons.

“Russia understands North Korea is doing the dirty job for them by keeping Americans at bay and away from the East Sea.

“Russia and China don’t need to do a thing because North Korea is there like a regional sheriff or watch dog – making noises every time there are military drills by US and South Korea.”

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