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Crimea will welcome the deployment of nuclear weapons in the region if Russian President Vladimir Putin deems it necessary, Crimean head Sergei Aksyonov said, Sputnik reports.

“If there is such an order from the supreme commander, we would support it,”- said.

On Wednesday, the chair of Russian State Duma Defense Committee, Vladimir Komoyedov, announced Russia was ready to place nuclear weapons in Crimea.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed on Wednesday speculations by US billionaire Donald Trump and the Western media of “nuclear rhetoric” in Putin’s remarks in a documentary on Crimea's unification with Russia, which has been released recently.

The media claimed that Putin had said in the documentary that Russia was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert to protect Crimea and the Crimeans against potential aggression.

Crimea joined Russia in March 2014, following a local referendum on the region’s status. International community has condemned the move illegitimate imposing several rounds of economic sanctions against Moscow and Crimea.

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