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Russian President Vladimir Putin attaches a Russian military medal to an air regiment banner during an award ceremony at a military airbase in the city of Korenovsk, about 1200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow, Thursday, June 14, 2012. President Vladimir Putin says Russia needs a new strategic bomber and will develop it despite high costs. Speaking Thursday at a meeting with the military top brass after visiting a base in southern Russia, Putin said the project would be expensive and technologically challenging. He added that the job needs to be done despite high costs, according to Russian news agencies. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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