VIA| Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian cruise missiles recently used to strike targets in Syria could be fitted with nuclear warheads, but he does “hope” it will not come to that.
“On Tuesday, a Russian Kilo-class submarine, the Rostov-on-Don, fired Kalibr-PL cruise missiles against an IS installation near the terrorists’ stronghold in Raqqa. Water-to-surface cruise missiles were launched from a submerged sub in the Mediterranean Sea,” RT reported, citing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Putin described the missile strikes as “highly effective,” concluding, “now we know it for sure – precision weapons that can be equipped with both conventional and special warheads, which are nuclear.”
“Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed,” Putin added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to clarify Russian intentions on Wednesday stating, “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.”
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“We’ve been registering the missiles launches, flights and, of course, they’re hitting the targets,” Shoigu said. “We warned our Israeli and American colleagues about these launches.”
“While Moscow said its action has been focused on ISIS, the U.S. and its allies have criticized Moscow for also striking moderate rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad. In fact, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk estimated that only 30 percent of Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are targeting the terror group,” Fox News reported.