Putin says Russia could adopt preemptive strike concept

SpaceWar.com reports: “President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Russia could amend its military doctrine by introducing the possibility of a preemptive strike to disarm an enemy, in an apparent reference to a nuclear attack.

He spoke in response to a question from a reporter who asked him to clarify his statement from earlier this week on the use of nuclear weapons.

Speaking to reporters just days after warning that the risk of nuclear war was rising but Russia would not strike first, Putin said Moscow was considering whether to adopt what he called Washington’s concept of a pre-emptive strike.

‘First of all, the United States has the concept of a preemptive strike. Second, it is developing a disarming strike system,’ Putin told reporters in Kyrgyzstan.

Putin said Moscow might need to think about adopting US ‘ideas for ensuring their own security.’

‘We’re just thinking about it,’ he said…”

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