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Russian Submarine Test-Fires Ballistic Missile

Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea (ITAR-TASS) August 7, 2007 -- Russia says one of its nuclear submarines in the Pacific Ocean has succesfully test-fired a ballistic missile.

The Russian Navy said the missile, fired by the "Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky" nuclear submarine, came down at the Chizha testing range on an island in the Barents Sea.

The submarine used in the test dates from the Soviet era.

The test-firing comes as tensions have increased between Russia and the West over missile defense.

President Vladimir Putin has angrily hit out at the United States' plans to place missile-defense facilities in the Czech Republic and Poland.

On August 6, Russia's long-delayed "Triumph" antiaircraft-missile system was activated around Moscow, in an upgrade of the capital's air defenses.

(compiled from agency reports)

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