General: Russia may use nuke weapons if needed

Updated: 2008-01-19 20:13

Chief of Russia's general staff, Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky speaks at a news conference in Moscow, in this June 21, 2007 file photo. [Agencies]

Moscow -- Armed forces will be used if necessary, including preventively and with the use of nuclear weapons, for protection of Russia and its allies, the Russian Armed Forces' Chief of the General Staff Yuri Baluyevsky said on Saturday.

"We do not intend to attack anybody. But all our partners must realize that for protection of Russia and its allies if necessary armed forces will be used, including preventively, including with the use of nuclear weapons," Baluyevsky was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

Baluyevsky reportedly made the statement at a scientific conference of the Academy of Military Sciences.

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