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   Plan to deploy missiles near Poland scrapped

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9/19/2009 4:20 pm

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Entered 9/20/2009, Updated 9/20/2009

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MOSCOW -- Russia has scrapped a plan to deploy missiles in a region near Poland after President Barack Obama dumped his predecessor's plan for a U.S. missile defence in Eastern Europe, a Russian deputy defence minister said Saturday. Vladimir Popovkin told Ekho Moskvy radio that Obama's move has made the deployment of Iskander short-range missiles in the Kaliningrad region unnecessary. "Reason has prevailed over ambitions," Popovkin said. "Naturally, we will cancel countermeasures which Russia has planned in response." There had already been signals that Russia would scrap the plan after Obama's move, announced Thursday, but Popovkin's statement is the clearest announcement of it.


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