File - Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic misiles rolling at the Red Square in Moscow during the Victory Day military parade, May 9, 2010. (AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV)
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Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbour Ukraine.Kazakhstan, a Russian ally in a post-Soviet security grouping, is further to the east.Putin has emphasised that Russia must maintain a strong nuclear deterrent, in part because of an anti-missile shield the United States is building in Europe which Moscow says could undermine its security.
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