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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Altai region acting governor in the city of Gorno-Altaisk, Siberia, Russia, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Khalkhin Gol in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. A day ahead of a NATO summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his own peace plan for eastern Ukraine, calling on the Russian-backed insurgents there to "stop advancing" and urging Ukraine to withdraw its troops from the region. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Russian Army Su-25 jet fighters fly near the Baikal Lake in Russis on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Russia has launched its biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian Army Engenering troops' trucks are parked near the Baikal Lake on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Chief of Russia's military's General Staff Valery Gerasimov sits at center. Russia has launched its biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
A Russian Army Engenering tank drives near the Baikal Lake in Russia on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Russia has launched its biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Russian Army tanks move at the Sakhalin Island during military exercises on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. The maneuvers in Siberia and the far eastern region involved 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks _ a massive show of force unprecedented since the Soviet times. . (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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U.S. President Barack Obama watches a flypast at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a flypast at the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the U.S. and NATO, but will carefully weigh the costs to avoid overburdening its economy, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Addressing a Kremlin meeting on weapons modernization plans, Putin said the West shouldn't be surprised about Moscow's efforts in view of U.S. missile defense plans and other decisions he said have threatened Russia's security.

"We have warned many times that we would have to take corresponding countermeasures to ensure our security," Putin said, adding that he would now take personal charge of the government commission that oversees military industries.

He said the weapons modernization program for 2016-2025 should focus on building a new array of offensive weapons to provide a "guaranteed nuclear deterrent," re-arming strategic and long-range aviation, creating an aerospace defense system and developing high-precision conventional weapons.

Putin wouldn't provide any details of prospective weapons, but he and other officials have repeatedly boasted about new Russian nuclear missiles' capability to penetrate any prospective missile shield.

Putin's emphasis on high-precision conventional weapons reflects government concerns about the U.S. and other NATO countries enjoying a significant edge in that area.

Putin said potential threats must be thoroughly analyzed, and an "adequate response" given to each of them to avoid excessive military spending.

He said that Russian defense industries must rid themselves of dependence on imports and quickly become capable of producing key components at home - a nod at recent Western sanctions against Russia barring arms sales.

Russia-West relations have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the crisis in Ukraine. A NATO summit last week decided to create a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect Eastern Europe from Russian bullying.

Putin accused the West of using the crisis to reinvigorate NATO.

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