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Russians to 'Go to Heaven' in a Nuclear Attack, Putin Says

He spoke on many topics at the annual Valdai Discussion Club
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2018 4:32 PM CDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia.   (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

(Newser) – If Russia is ever attacked with nuclear weapons, the Russian victims will "go to heaven" as "martyrs," says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made the comments Thursday during the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, the AFP reports. As for the aggressors in an attack on Russia: "They will simply die because they won't even have time to repent" before Russia's "inevitable" retaliation. But, Putin declared, Russia will never be the first to use nukes, saying, "We have no concept of preemptive strike" (though RT explains why there may be a loophole to that). Putin spoke on a wide range of topics from US domestic politics to Russian involvement in Syria. Read on for more tidbits:

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