RUSSIA is ordering all of its officials to fly home any relatives living abroad amid rising tensions over the prospect of a new world war, The Sun, London reports.
Politicians and high-ranking figures are said to have received a high-level warning from tough guy president Vladimir Putin, according to local media.
The reported call to return to the Motherland, which comes after Putin suddenly cancelled a visit to France, according to Sun, applies to all state employees.
Workers were reportedly told to pull their children out of school immediately, reports the Daily Star.
The top level order applies to administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers of all levels and employees of public corporations.
Those that do not obey the edict will find the future employment prospects in tatters.
The reason for the urgent recall is unclear but one top analyst said it could be a hint war is on its way.
Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said: “This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some ‘big war’.”
Russia recently held defence drills for 40 million citizens in apparent preparation for an all-out nuclear war.
“And earlier this month, Putin’s ministers announced they had built bunkers capable of housing Moscow’s 14 million people.
Putin cancelled a scheduled visit to Paris next week after French president François Hollande accused the Kremlin of war crimes in Syria.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The President has made a decision to cancel this visit.”
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called on protesters to demonstrate outside the Russian embassy over the country’s brutal bombing of Aleppo.
Relations between Russia and the US are at their lowest since the Cold War and have soured in recent days after Washington pulled the plug on Syria talks and accused Russia of hacking attacks.
American military bosses taking part in a ‘future-of-the-Army’ panel in Washington recently warned that World War III would be ‘extremely lethal and fast.’