Russia Hoping Not to Use Nuclear Weapons against ISIS: Putin

Russia Hoping Not to Use Nuclear Weapons against ISIS: Putin
Wed Dec 9, 2015 15:39:40

Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced that he hopes Russia would not have to use nuclear weapons against ISIS.

Vladimir Putin has praised the Russian cruise missiles fired against terrorists in Syria from the sea. He also expressed hope that these weapons would not have to be armed with nuclear warheads.

During a meeting at the Kremlin with Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to take stock of anti-ISIS operations in Syria, the Russian President made some revealing remarks.

"We must analyze everything happening on the battlefield, how the weapons operate. The Kalibrs (sea based cruise missiles) and KH-101 (airborne cruise missile) have proved to be modern and highly effective, and now we know it for sure - precision weapons that can be equipped with both conventional and special warheads, which are nuclear, Putin said."

"Naturally, this (nuclear warheads) is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed,” the president added.

On Tuesday, a Russian Kilo-class submarine, the Rostov-on-Don, fired Kalibr-PL cruise missiles against ISIS base near in Raqqa. Water-to-surface cruise missiles were launched from a submerged sub in the Mediterranean Sea, said the Russian defence minister Shogiu. He said that the US and Israel had been warned in advance about these strikes, reports Russia Today.


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