Russia considers using nuclear weapons

MOSCOW, Oct. 2 (UPI) — Russia will reportedly consider the restricted use of nuclear weapons when dealing with regional conflicts and international terrorism.

The Kyodo news service said the position was stated in a national military doctrine submitted Thursday to President Vladimir Putin by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. The document outlines the nation’s plans for modernizing its military force.

The move to consider limited use of small nuclear arms is believed meant to counter the U.S. strategy of using its low-yield nuclear weapons in a restricted manner.

Kyodo reported the United States, since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been conducting research and development of the so-called mini-nukes aimed at destroying underground facilities of terrorist groups.

The new Russian doctrine says the military will consider restricted use of small nuclear weapons as a strategic deterrence to prevent military pressure or attacks on Russia and its allies.

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