Russsian President Putin: A Full-Scale War In The Middle East Would Be A ‘Catastrophe For The Whole World’

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Bloomberg: Putin Warns Full-Scale War in Mideast Would Be ‘Catastrophe’

(Bloomberg) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that a full-scale war in the broader Middle East would be a global “catastrophe” and said he hopes it won’t happen.

“War is already going on there — it is low-intensity, but this is war,” Putin said at a news conference in Moscow after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday. “People get killed. It’s a fact.”

Putin was responding to a question about U.S.-Iranian tensions after the targeted killing of a Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq and the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran by a missile that Iran said was fired in error.

“We would like to avoid major military actions,” Putin said. “If this happens, it will be a catastrophe not only for the Middle East region but for the whole world.”

He said reducing tension in the region was among the topics he and Merkel discussed.

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Update: Russian President Vladimir Putin warns a full-scale war in the Middle East would be a ‘catastrophe for the whole world’ (Daily Mail)

WNU Editor: The entire region has been engulfed in war for years. It is hard to see how it can get worse.