War between Russia and West 'just MINUTES from breaking out 66 TIMES in last 18 months'

WAR between Russia and Nato forces has nearly broken out an alarming 66 times over the last 18 months, according to experts

warBoth parties have been warned they must agree to adopt new rules on military exercises to avoid sparking a conflict.

Recordings of the “close military encounters” have soared since March last year – with relations between the pair breaking down over the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

In a report published by the European Leadership Network (ELN), the ministers warned: “The situation is ripe with potential for either dangerous miscalculation or an accident that could trigger a worsening of the crisis or even a direct military confrontation.”

It comes after the think tank warned Russia is “actively preparing for a conflict with Nato“.

Nato and Russia have since intensified their large-scale military exercises “with war plans in mind”, recent research suggests.

Nato forces are planning approximately 270 exercises this year, according to an ELN study – while Russia has announced a staggering 4,000 drills.

Last month, Moscow warned that the US-led Rapid Trident military exercises in western Ukraine could have “explosive consequences”. read more