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June 4, 2007 3:00 AM

Bush will press for missile-defense system, driving Russia to rev up Cold War rhetoric

PRAGUE, Czech Republic—President Bush will spell out Tuesday his vision of a new ballistic missile-defense system that he wants to build in Europe, one that's fraught with controversy over whether it can work, is necessary and is worth the large economic and political costs it's already incurring.

Bush is expected to press his case for the system in a speech here Tuesday, in meetings with Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and in a face-to-face session later this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of Eight Summit in Heilgendamm, Germany.

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