- Published on Sunday, 19 February 2012 01:54
Speaking on matters beyond the realm of the spiritual, a top Orthodox Church cleric said Russia must play a greater role in responding to ongoing global events that could deteriorate into a world war.
"There are many processes occurring in the world in which Russia should play a much more active role," Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-placed cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church, said in an interview with the Svobodnaya Pressa ('Free Press') publishing house. "The economic and social contradictions that have cropped up in the world are so powerful that they are sure to blow up into serious military operations."
Chaplin said Russia's military must remain "combat-ready" to prevent the outbreak of military incidents on or around its territory.
"In order to ensure that these military operations not unfold on our territory or in the vicinity of our borders, we need to keep our armed forces combat ready," Chaplin said.
Russia must actively participate in settling all situations that may lead to a war, be it the Middle East or Central Asia, where the situation is also tense, he added.
"By all accounts, we will not manage to escape a big war," Chaplin warned, while adding that civilization's current trajectory "may lead to the annihilation of cities."