A Syrian aid worker and former Nato commander has played down talk of 'World War Three', saying Vladimir Putin knows he'd lose any confrontation with America.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon said Mr Putin knows his forces are no match for those of Donald Trump, and suggested Russia knew about the US airstrikes in advance.
De Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer of Nato's Rapid Reaction CBRN Regiment, is now a chemical weapons advisor to NGOs working in Iraq and Syria. He spoke to talkRADIO about last week's chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun and the subsequent US strike on a Russian air base.
Russia and Iran have warned that they will “respond with force” if their own “red lines” are crossed in Syria, but De Bretton-Gordon told Julia Hartley-Brewer Mr Putin knows "that conventionally his forces are no match for the Americans at all."
He also belives that the Russians knew about the US airstrike becasue Russians "left the airbase without any fight or complaint."
De Bretton-Gordon believes that in order to avoid a similar situation to Iraq in 2003, we must create "safe zones policed by UN peacekeepers" in Syria in order to "allow aid to get in, to stop all the fighting going on and prevent Assad from continuing to attack hospitals."
Listen to the full interview above