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Putin warning over U.S. missile shield

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The Baltic states are already nervous. Now, it's Romania and Poland that are feeling the pressure from their eastern neighbor, Russia. Both countries are hosting parts of a US missile shield. And Russian President, Vladimir Putin's made it clear he's not taking it lightly. Speaking during a visit to Greece, he warned they could find themselves in Russia's crosshairs.
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The US military says the shield is there to defend NATO countries from Iran, not Russia. It switched on the Romanian part of the shield earlier this month. But Russia's incensed, accusing the US led alliance of trying to encircle it. It's the latest issue to test east, west relations.
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They've been strained since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014, after a referendum. Western governments say the move was an illegal land grab, but Putin says it's what the Crimeans wanted, and it's a done deal.>> As far as Crimea is concerned, we consider this question as closed forever.
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This was a historical decision taken by the people that live in Crimea. Russia will not conduct any discussions with anyone on this subject.>> With Moscow becoming ever more aggressive, Russia's neighbors are all feeling the heat.