Putin Says U.S. Attack on Iran Would Be a Catastrophe

Russian President Vladimir Putin at Annual Televised Question and Answer Session with Russian Citizens. Reuters

MOSCOW, June 20 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a U.S. military attack on Iran would be a catastrophe for the Middle East that would trigger a surge in violence and a possible refugee exodus.

Putin, speaking during his annual televised question and answer session, said Moscow believed Tehran was in full compliance with its nuclear commitments and called sanctions against Iran groundless.

(Reporting by Moscow Bureau Editing by Andrew Osborn)