Putin: Russia is prepared to use nukes to defend itself

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MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NBC that he is prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia from a threat of existence or as a retaliation.

“There are two reasons that can prompt us to use nuclear weapons: a nuclear weapons attack against us or an attack using conventional weapons when there is a threat to the existence of the Russian state,” Putin said.

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Putin did emphasize however that Russia’s defensive capabilities were done within the framework of international law.

Russia became the worlds second nuclear power when it was a part of the Soviet Union, with only the United States actually using the weapons in war against the Japanese in World War Two.
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