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See if you can follow this logic: Vladimir Putin says he has developed a new breed of shield-penetrating intercontinental ballistic missiles as a countermeasure against the establishment of U.S. bases in Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and a radar systems site in … Read More

By / May 31, 2007

See if you can follow this logic: Vladimir Putin says he has developed a new breed of shield-penetrating intercontinental ballistic missiles as a countermeasure against the establishment of U.S. bases in Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and a radar systems site in the Czech Republic, designed to protect against aggression from Iran or North Korea.

Mr Putin said it was a "response to maintain the strategic balance in the world", in what he called a "new round of the arms race".

The equivalent response from the U.S. would be to boast that it has just developed a new series of Patriot missiles that can be launched from domestic shores and reach Moscow in record time.

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