Putin: Iran-US conflict would be ‘catastrophe’

Monitoring Desk

MOSCOW: War between Iran and the U.S. would be a catastrophe for the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

The conflict would have “unpredictable consequences” and would lead to an outbreak of violence and to a new wave of refugees, Putin said, speaking at an annual event where he answered questions from the Russian people.

Saying that Iranians are “capable of extremities in case of their own necessity for defense and protection of their country,” Putin added: “What these extremes will result in, no one knows, and whom they will affect, it is difficult to say. It would not be desirable that events developed according to this scenario.”

Commenting on U.S. President Trump saying he and Putin might meet on the sidelines of the June 28-29 G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Putin said he was “ready for this dialogue as much as U.S. partners are ready for it.”

“We have plenty to talk about in the sphere of international security,” he said. (AA)