June 03, 2007

Speaking a week before he meets leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrial nations in Germany, Putin said Russia's tests last week of two new missiles were a direct response to U.S. moves to create a missile defense system in Europe.

?There is a clear desire by some interna-tional players to dictate their will to everyone without adhering to interna-tional law. ? In our opinion it is nothing different from diktat, nothing different from imperialism.?

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin

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