Putin says Russia's nuclear doctrine is defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's military doctrine only permitted the country to use nuclear weapons in defence, rejecting claims that Russia was considering using them in Ukraine.

Putin also said Russia was ready to restart talks with the United States on nuclear arms control, but had no response from Washington on Moscow's proposals for talks on "strategic stability."

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)