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Vladimir Putin accused Washington of imperialism and fueling a new arms race

June 1 2007

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that tests of two new Russian missiles were a response to the U.S. decision to deploy in Eastern Europe missile defense system. "When the U.S. announced plans to install missile defense elements in Poland and the Czech Republic, we have them all at once warned that the response will be asymmetrical," - said the Russian leader, adding that Russia "will continue to improve their capabilities."

Putin believes that the United States and European countries do not observe the agreement on arms limitation, and warned that Russia will continue to "improve their capabilities" in order to maintain the "balance in the world." At the same time, Putin emphasized that "these actions by Russia should not fear, they are not aggressive." "They only answer to rather tough and do not have any justification for the unilateral actions of our partners - the Russian leader said. - Do not we initiate a new arms race. We have withdrawn their heavy weapons beyond the Urals. And what do our partners? Fill with new weapons to Eastern Europe - a new base in Bulgaria, another in Romania, position area in Poland, radar in the Czech Republic ", - said Putin.

Apparently, this question ystanut one of the main topics at the upcoming summit of the Group of Eight, which will be held June 6-8 in Heiligendamm, German, and July 1-2, in the U.S..

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