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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missile Test Called Success

Russia successfully tested a long-range Topol missile designed to avoid detection by anti-missile defense systems from its Plesetsk launch site, a military spokesman said Thursday.

"The launch was to test the missile's ability to avoid ground-based detection systems," said Colonel Alexander Vovk of the Strategic Rocket Forces.

Washington and Warsaw formally signed a deal last week to station elements of a U.S. missile-defense shield in Poland, a move that has aggravated Russian-Western tensions already raw from the Georgia conflict.

Russia has heaped scorn on the missile-defense system, which the United States says is aimed at Iran, and through its Foreign Ministry last week vowed "to react, and not only through diplomatic protests."