By Jesse Byrnes
Russian President Vladimir Putin has broached the possibility of using nuclear weapons in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“We must analyze everything happening on the battlefield, how the weapons operate,” Putin told Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, according to the Kremlin-funded RT.
“Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and I hope will never be needed,” Putin added in the meeting with his official in front of cameras, according to the network.
The remarks come a day after Russia said it launched a new round of airstrikes, this time from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, against ISIS in the group's stronghold of Raqqa, Syria.
Russia has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria since late September, though the U.S. has blasted them as indiscriminate toward moderate rebels and not focused on ISIS.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov added Wednesday “that there is no need to use any nuclear weapons against terrorists, as they can be defeated through conventional means, and this is fully in line with our military doctrine.”