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Putin Orders Symmetric Missile Measures08/23 06:24

   MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to 
find a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under 
a now-defunct arms treaty.

   In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk 
cruise missile accurately struck its target more than 500 kilometers (310 
miles) away. The test came after the U.S. and Russia withdrew from the 1987 
Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

   The U.S. has explained its withdrawal from the treaty by Russian violations, 
a claim Moscow has denied. Speaking Friday, Putin charged that the U.S. wanted 
to "untie its hands to deploy the previously banned missiles in different parts 
of the world."

   He ordered the Defense Ministry and other agencies to "take the necessary 
measures to prepare a symmetrical answer."


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