02/22/2012 07:23 am ET Updated Apr 23, 2012

Iran Strike: Russia Warns Israel Not To Attack

MOSCOW, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Russia warned Israel not to attack Iran over its nuclear programme, saying on Wednesday that military action would have catastrophic consequences.

"Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

"Therefore I hope Israel understands all these consequences ... and they should also consider the consequences of such action for themselves," Gatilov said at a news conference. (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Steve Gutterman)