A possible U.S. strike on Syria may cause the conflict to spread outside the country and prompt a new wave of terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an article published in the Wednesday issue of The New York Times.

"The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders," Putin said in his article, Interfax reported.

"A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa," he said.

Such a strike could also "throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance," he said.

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