Vladimir Putin: Hopefully we'll never have to nuke Isis. 'Hopefully'

Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that Russia will never have to use nuclear weapons against Isis.

At a meeting with defence chiefs in the Kremlin, the Russian president apparently championed the firing of cruise missiles from submarines in the Mediterranean.

State-funded Russia Today quotes Putin as saying:

We must analyse 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.

Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed.


Earlier this week, before his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US dominated news agendas, Donald Trump's fellow Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appeared to suggest a nuclear attack on the Middle East was needed to destroy Isis.

Speaking in Iowa, Senator Cruz said:

We will utterly destroy Isis. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out [cheers from the crowd].


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