Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper a U.S. no-fly zone in Syria will result in a confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. “This would be a no-fly zone in an air space where Russia’s already flying,” Paul said. “It would be a recipe for disaster, probably a recipe for World War III. And I think it’s such a bad idea that it probably won’t happen. But we also have to look at where we are. You mentioned Iran, Iran is in Iraq. Russia is in Iraq, or flying over Iraq and flying over Syria.”

He characterized a no-fly zone as the “most important foreign policy question of our time” and said every candidate should be asked are “you for a no-fly zone? Because if you are for a no-fly zone, I think you’re naive.” Hillary Clinton and her Republican challengers have called for a no-fly zone. “We need to try to set up and enforce a no-fly zone to try to stop the outflow of refugees so people can stay at home,” Clinton said . Last week presidential contender Chris Christie said he would shoot down Russian jets if the U.S. established a no-fly zone. “My first phone call would be to Vladimir, and I’d say to him, ‘Listen, we’re enforcing this no-fly zone. And I mean we’re enforcing it against anyone, including you. So don’t try me. Don’t try me. ‘Cause I’ll do it,’” Christie told MSNBC. FULL REPORT