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   Russia To Resume Long-Range Bomber Patrols

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8/17/2007 6:10 pm

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Columbia Broadcasting System CBS News

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Entered 8/17/2007, Updated 8/17/2007

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President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he had ordered the military to resume regular long-range flights of strategic bombers, a show of Russia's resurgent military power amid a chill in relations with the U.S. Speaking after Russian and Chinese forces completed major war games exercises for the first time on Russian turf, Putin said a halt in long-range bombers' flights after the Soviet collapse had affected Russia's security. Other nations, he said, had continued such missions — an oblique reference to the United States. "I have made a decision to resume regular flights of Russian strategic aviation," Putin said in televised remarks. "We proceed from the assumption that our partners will view the resumption of flights of Russia's strategic aviation with understanding." The announcement comes amid a growing chill in the U.S.-Russian relations, strained over Washington's criticism of Russia's democratic record, Moscow's criticism of U.S. missile defense plans and differences over global crises.


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