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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Security Official Discusses Pre-Emptive Nukes

MOSCOW — A leading Russian newspaper is citing a top security official as saying the government is reserving the right to carry out pre-emptive nuclear strikes to safeguard the country in the modern age.

Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev said in Izvestia interview on Wednesday that a sweeping document on military policy will be handed to President Dmitry Medvedev before the year's end.

Military analysts say Patrushev is merely flexing the Kremlin muscles, because what he has revealed about the proposed new doctrine suggests that it differs little from the current one.

Patrushev says the new rules will allow a "flexible and timely" reaction to conflict situations.

In the same interview, he singles out NATO and the United States as threats and names Russia's troubled North Caucasus region as an internal danger.