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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Signs Doctrine

MOSCOW -- President-elect Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a new military doctrine that broadens the Kremlin's authority to use nuclear weapons and emerged in response to perceived threats from NATO and Islamic terrorists. Putin signed it into law Saturday, his press service said.

The new policy allows Russia's leaders to use all existing forces, including nuclear weapons, to oppose any attack if other efforts fail to repel aggressors. The previous doctrine, adopted in 1993, stated that Russia would use nuclear weapons only when its national sovereignty was threatened.