Vladimir Putin warns of genetic super-soldiers ‘more deadly than a nuclear bomb’

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves to participants of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students Reuters

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about with the threat of nuclear war on the horizon, Vladimir Putin has suggested something worse might be on the horizon.

The Russian leader said that human beings genetically engineered to be ‘immune’ to pain and fear would actually be more dangerous than a nuclear weapon.

Speaking to students at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Putin warned of the dangers of ‘playing God’ with the genetic code.

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Putin said: ‘One may imagine that a man can create a man not only theoretically but also practically.

‘He can be a genius mathematician, a brilliant musician or a soldier, a man who can fight without fear, compassion, regret or pain.

The idea is similar to the premise of the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme thriller Universal Soldier.

‘As you understand, humanity can enter, and most likely it will in the near future, a very difficult and very responsible period of its existence.

‘What I have just described might be worse than a nuclear bomb.’

Putin warned that nations would have to agree on ethical regulations around the technology, according to the Express.

He warned: ‘When we do something, whatever we do, I want to reiterate it again — we must never forget about the ethical foundations of our work.’