Vladimir Putin has said he hopes nuclear warheads will not be needed to deal with Isis, after Russia launched cruise missiles from its submarine at the militant group in Syria.

During a meeting in the Kremlin, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the President that Kalibr cruise missiles had been fired by the Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.

President Putin said the new cruise missiles could also be equipped with nuclear warheads – but that he hoped they would “never be needed”.

According to Russia Today, he said: “We must [analyse] everything happening on the battlefield, how the weapons operate.

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