Russia tests ICBM as Putin says nuclear deterrent must be maintained

September 10, 2014 5:16 PM

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Russia tests ICBM as Putin says nuclear deterrent must be maintained

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia must maintain its nuclear deterrence to counter what he called growing security threats, after Moscow test-launched an intercontinental nuclear missile.

With ties between Moscow and the West frayed by the crisis in Ukraine, Putin also took greater control of a commission that oversees the defense industry and made a new call for Russia to become less reliant on imported Western equipment.

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