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

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/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.”

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