Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria's Deir Ezzor, says Putin

Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria's Deir Ezzor, says Putin

Putin ruled out any "preemptive nuclear strikes" at an global policy forum in Sochi on October 18, and said Moscow would only use nuclear weapons defensively, if early warning systems spotted nuclear missiles heading toward Russian Federation. "No one has precision hypersonic weapons", he said.

"We're not creating healthy (Internet) content for young people. which leads to tragedies of this kind", he said.

He added that ISIS was expanding its control in territory controlled by USA and US -backed forces in Syria.

Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, said they have not received any proof of the large number of hostages.

"The Islamic State was controlling the camp for three hours and took the people hostage from the camp to inside the ISIS area", he said.

At the same time, the Russian president sharply criticized Washington's reliance on sanctions against Russia and others, saying the instrument of punishment "undermines trust in the dollar as a universal payment instrument and the main reserve currency".

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"I want to thank our Turkish partners, we see that they work, they are fulfilling the obligations".

He said unstable young people were creating "fake heroes for themselves" and "reaching out for a surrogate for heroism" in the absence of the real thing.

"In such a situation, we expect to be struck by nuclear weapons, but we will not use them" first, he said.

Putin said Trump aims at "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S".

Speaking at a policy forum, Putin that "when we see a coming strike on the territory of Russian Federation, we will retaliate". "Russian ties" and said Moscow is ready for that "at any moment".

"We would be victims of an aggression and would get to heaven as martyrs", while those who initiated the aggression would "just die and not even have time to repent", he added.

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