Putin lashes out at West’s “new arms race”

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Michael Stott
Reuters North American News Service
Feb 08, 2008 09:00 EST

MOSCOW, Feb 8 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a new global arms race was starting and Russia was “forced to retaliate” with new, high-tech weapons.

In a tough speech outlining his vision for Russia to 2020, Putin accused the West of ignoring Moscow’s concerns on security by expanding the NATO military alliance to its borders and deploying a missile defence system in Central Europe.

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