Putin Says Russia Rules Out Launching Preemptive Nuclear Strikes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia October 18, 2018.

Two of the weapons were a nuclear-powered cruise missile and an artificial drone, he said.

"We're not creating healthy (Internet) content for young people. which leads to tragedies of this kind", he said. "Or it might happen after the 2020 USA presidential election, when [President Trump] will no longer have to constantly look back at those who engage in anti-Russian rhetoric".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed Islamic State has re-emerged in Syria, taking nearly 700 hostages in US-controlled land.

"They will simply die because they won't even have time to repent".

At the same time, the Russian president sharply criticized Washington's reliance on sanctions against Russia and others, saying the instrument of punishment "undermines trust in the dollar as a universal payment instrument and the main reserve currency". "The demilitarized zone is being created", he said.

He said that "Turkish partners are doing all they can to fulfill their obligations".

Abdulrahman said that Belgian and French nationals were among the hostages.

Putin emphasized during an worldwide policy forum in Sochi that Russia's military doctrine doesn't envisage a preventative nuclear strike. He noted that Russian Federation would only launch a nuclear strike if its early warning systems spot missiles heading toward its territory, adding that "the aggressor should know that retaliation is inevitable".

"When we see a coming strike on the territory of Russian Federation, we will retaliate".

"It would naturally mean a global catastrophe, but I want to emphasize that we can't be those who initiate it because we don't foresee a preventative strike", Putin said. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs.

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