Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the possibility of nuclear weapons being used on terrorists during a recent meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow (video below).
The comment was made after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Kalibr missiles had been launched from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea at terrorists in Syria.
According to The Independent, Putin replied:
With regard to strikes from a submarine, we certainly need to analyze everything that is happening on the battlefield, how the weapons work. Both the [Kalibr] missiles and the Kh-101 rockets are generally showing very good results.
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We now see that these are new, modern and highly effective high-precision weapons that can be equipped either with conventional or special nuclear warheads.
Naturally, we do not need that in fighting terrorists, and I hope we will never need it. But overall, this speaks to our significant progress in terms of improving weaponry and equipment being supplied to the Russian army and navy.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later denied that nukes would be used.
"Of course not, and the president has stated this, that there is no need to use any nuclear weapons against terrorists, as they can be defeated through conventional means, and this is fully in line with our military doctrine," he said.
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Russian leaders talked about declaring war on Turkey after the Turkish military shot down a Russian jet on Nov. 24, reports the Daily Mirror.
"After our plane was destroyed, how did states act in the 20th century under similar circumstances?" Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said to a Russian TV station. "War started because this was regarded as a direct attack on a foreign state.
"It goes without saying that in current life, in the current conditions and situation, war is the worst thing that can happen. That is why it was decided not to answer what Turkey did symmetrically."