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Putin: Russia Will Develop, Not Use, Nuclear Weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to John Daniszewski, the Associated Press's Senior Managing Editor for International News, during an AP interview at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia,

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue to develop nuclear weapons but doesn't intend to use them.

The Russian leader made the comment in a documentary called "World Order" that was aired on state television Sunday night.

"Russia as a leading nuclear country will be improving this weapon as a containment factor; the nuclear triad is the basis of our nuclear security polices," he said, referring to the three main delivery systems for nuclear warheads -- bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ICBMs.

"We have never brandished or will brandish this nuclear club, but our military doctrine allocates it a place and role," he said, according to excerpts reported by the state news agency Tass.

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