The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus, warned on Wednesday that the US and Russia could engage in another global war if the proxy war in Syria continues. Kurtulmus adds that the five-and-a-half-year-long Syrian civil war could extend beyond Syria.

Kurtulmus stated this possible war to the state’s official Anadolu news agency. He adds that the Syrian conflict has put the world on the brink of the beginning of a large regional or global war.

Kurtulmus says that the Syrian President Bashar Assad is a pawn in the Syrian conflict. The Turkish Prime Minister suggests Assad to seek peace as he cannot overcome the superpowers that support the opposition.

Kurtulmus adds that Assad does not have any place in any future political system in Syria. He knows that the opposition of the Syrian government will not negotiate with a bloody dictatorship.

Turkey and Western countries have urged Assad to step down. Meanwhile, Moscow, with Iran, is an important ally of Assad’s regime.

Talks between the US and Russia were called off following the bombing of a convoy of the UN and Red Crescent despite a ceasefire on Sept. 19. Russia is also supporting the air strikes performed by the Syrian government in rebel-held sites in Aleppo and other parts of the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during an interview with French television broadcast on Wednesday that Assad is willing to develop a new, more democratic constitution if he would be allowed to stand in an election in the future. Apparently, Assad would also agree to revamp Syria’s political system.

Putin says, “If the people do not vote for President Assad, there will be a democratic change of power, but without the help of armed intervention from outside and under strict international control under UN supervision. I do not understand who could find this proposal unacceptable. It is a democratic solution to the question of power in the country.”