October 14 2009
A top Russian security official says Moscow's new military doctrine reserves the right to launch pre-emptive nuclear strikes against a potential aggressor, reports RIA Novosti.
"An option is stipulated for the possibility of using nuclear weapons depending on the situation and the intentions of a potential enemy," said Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Security Council.
He emphasized that such an option would be for situations critical to national security.
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