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Adding further emphasis to Russia's objection to a European missile defense shield, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov threatened to deploy cruise missiles in Kaliningrad, a small Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania

News reports come of the threat as Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with president George W Bush on the same issue in Kennebunkport.

Putin has repeatedly suggested that such a shield, if intended as protection against Iranian aggression could be equally effect if placed in Uzbekistan and would have the benefit of protecting Russia as well. Ivanov, the presumed successor to Putin, suggested the deployment of cruise missiles could come if talks between Russia and the U.S. for an Uzbekistan deployment fall through.

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