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Kremlin on updating nuclear doctrine: Putin already listed grounds for use of nukes

November 22, 18:57 UTC+3 ANAPA

Earlier, the Russian Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security suggested that the Security Council discuss a new policy of nuclear deterrence

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ANAPA, November 22. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that he was unaware of any possible discussion to review the grounds for which Russia could use nuclear weapons.

"Recently, the president listed all the reasons that can serve as grounds for using nuclear weapons. Conceptually, everything has been placed on record in the Russian Federation. I am unaware of whether any discussion is underway to update these arguments," he said in comments on Russian senators’ suggestions to review the policy of nuclear deterrence, specifying legislatively the conditions under which Russia could resort to nuclear weapons.

On Wednesday, the Russian Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security suggested that the Security Council discuss a new policy of nuclear deterrence.

The Security Council and its inter-departmental commission for military security were asked to consider revising: "The basic principles of the Russian Federation’s policy of nuclear deterrence," the document said.

Recommendations came during a roundtable on bolstering the Russian Armed Forces, "in the context of changing forms and methods of warfare".

Committee chief Viktor Bondarev told the roundtable that the priority task for the army and the navy right now is to beef up combat training using the experience of the anti-terrorist operation in Syria.

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