Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Blinken decries coordinated Russian destabilizing efforts Biden says team working on 'initiatives' to prevent Russian invasion of Ukraine MORE 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.
Putin noted that some of the Russia's missiles are “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,” 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.”