Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country had enough cluster munition to answer if Ukraine was to use the weapons, in an interview published Sunday.

Ukraine started receiving cluster weapons from the United States, a move that sparked concerns due to the long-term risk posed to civilians by bomblets that fail to explode.

"Russia has a sufficient stockpile of various kinds of cluster munitions," Putin told a state-television journalist. 

The controversial weapons can disperse up to several hundred small explosive charges, which can remain unexploded in the ground.

"If they are used against us, we reserve ourselves the right to tit-for-tat actions," Putin said.

He added Russia had not yet used the weapons despite a "certain shortage of munitions at some point."

Human Rights Watch and Ukrainian forces have accused Russia of already using cluster munitions on the battlefield.

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They are banned by numerous countries -- notably in Europe -- that are signatories to a 2008 Oslo Convention, to which neither Russia, the United States nor Ukraine are parties.

Humanitarian groups have strongly condemned the US decision to supply cluster munitions to Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden said the decision was "very difficult" but stressed Ukraine needed extra ammunition to refill its depleted stocks.

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Oslo
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The only win win is Russia breaking apart but I don't really happening. So when its over there will be an uneasy peace. With the Ukraine in Nato because people have stated here Ukraine is fighting for American interests but also European interests as well. They are dying right now as I write for freedom and liberty.

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Isaiah
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My opinion please Ukraine don't accept to be puppets of the Americans by accepting supply of cluster bombs, that's madness. These people use you to kill yourselves and they are dumping certain outdated weapons to you. The war you are fighting is not a usual one, you are facing a super power, and you are dying on behalf of Americans. Sit down with Russia and discuss security concerns for a win win situation. Should you involve Americans, you will continue killing Russians and them killing you more, Americans can't feel any pain

Paolo
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@Isaiah, explain to me the win win situation?
Putin wants no less than Crimea and the Donbass at this moment in time.
Ukraine doesn't want to surrender any territory and has also said a frozen conflict is of no interest.
So let's hear the "win win" I doubt it will be much different to Donald Trump's solution which massively favours the Russians.

Isaiah
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@Paolo, Russia raised it's security concerns especially with the expansion of NATO, the previous agreements aimed at no extension of NATO which Russia sees as a threat and indeed NATO is even a threat to the whole world,, it's nolonger a trade organization but a war machine that promotes America first hegemony! But the people suffering are the Russians and Ukrainians. Win win situation in my opinion is Ukraine ditching the NATO war mongers and look together with Russia into Russia security concerns and Ukraine security concerns. Take note that America is even constructing suspicious biolabs which they don't want the world to know. So the problem of Ukraine and Russia can only be fairly handled together without America and their war mongers NATO

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