Edit: A day after reporting the story, Associated Press scrubbed the article and headline, then added a whitewash story on the same original link. This post has been changed back to the original content and now leads to the Washington Post’s version of the same story.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will counter NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense program by deploying new strike weapons capable of piercing the shield, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
Putin told defense officials that by developing defenses against ballistic missiles Washington aims to “neutralize” Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent and gain a “decisive military superiority.”
He said that Moscow will respond by developing “strike systems capable of penetrating any missile defenses.” Continue reading