O Russian president warned of any large-scale militarization of the middle East between opposing forces, setting the stage for a global disaster. He explained that "large-scale military conflictsIt would be a “catastrophe not only for the region, the Middle East, but for the whole world” that would eventually lead to “new migrant flows” to Europe and other regions.
He argued that the immensity of the conflict would likely cause "huge damage to the global economy."
The warnings came during talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow on Saturday to discuss the tensions that are currently growing in the region.
Talks also covered the issues that unfolded and the ongoing fighting in Syria, where a new ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey is expected to take effect this morning.
This comes after the last great opposition bastion, Idlib, has come to an end.
Putin is trying to play the role of broker in the Middle East (Image: GETTY)
This is when tensions in the Middle East continue to rise (Image: GETTY)
Putin and Merkel supported a Libyan peace conference in Berlin organized by UN Special Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame.
This is an event that may start in the coming weeks.
Putin reacted positively to the news and said the move was "timely" and "a very good step in the right direction."
He said the conference should include “countries that are really interested in promoting a peace agreement"
Large-scale fears between Iran and the US have never been higher (Image: GETTY)
He added that negotiations and any agreements reached should take place with the sides of Libya and with the involvement of Salami.
Moscow has in recent months been accused of sending mercenaries to Libya to carry out mass killings to pressure the influence of the political superpower in the region.
Putin, however, has repeatedly denied allegations that his government has sent anyone to the region, saying Russian mercenaries found there were on their own as volunteers.
He said: "If there are Russians there, they do not represent the interests of the Russian state and do not receive money from it."
DO NOT MISS
WW3: The British in this country should leave immediately (LAST)
Nice trip, but it's time to step back, says NICK FERRARI (UPDATE)
Iran crisis: British ambassador arrested and detained in Tehran (ANALYZE)
Many note Putin's unusual approach to peace between nations (Image: GETTY)
Iran had originally pleaded with European powers to condemn the US by leaving the 2015 agreement. (Image: GETTY)
Since then, Turkey has sent troops to support the Tripoli, supported by the UN government.
Desiring to emphasize his role as a regional intermediary, Putin said that in Libya, "unfortunately large-scale military action continues and terrorist activity is growing."
He added: "All this undermines stability not only in the region itself, but has a negative influence on Europe," citing drug and weapons smuggling.
He seemed eager to assume the role of leader of the Libyan organization following the ongoing civil war that divided the country – a nation that has had the highest standards of living in Africa, free medical care and free education.
The US has thousands of soldiers based in and around the Middle East (Image: Express Newspapers)
He found himself involved in civil unrest in 2011 as a series of protests against then-Prime Minister Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, and consequently his death in October 2011 led to war.
Since then, the oil-rich country has been the starting point for the thousands of migrants traveling to Europe, modern slavery and the fall of the capital Tripoli.
Due to the barbaric and often unrecorded nature of the war, the final death tolls vary greatly, with an estimated 2,500 to 25,000 deaths.
Putin emphasized the need to "restart the political process with the ultimate goal of overcoming division within the country and forming unique state institutions."
Some say Putin is eyeing Libya's oil-rich preserves (Image: GETTY)
The spokesman for the German leader earlier this week described Russia as "indispensable in resolving political conflicts" due to its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Both Germany and Russia are among the world powers that tried to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after the US unilaterally withdrew the deal in 2018.
Iran has continually urged European powers to condemn the US for its unsuccessful withdrawal threatening to continue its uranium enrichment program.
However, the chances of Iran reconciling with other world powers could be jeopardized after Iran's admission on Saturday that one of its anti-aircraft missiles hit a Ukrainian plane this week, killing all 176 people aboard.