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Russia Eyes Two More Intercontinental Missile Tests This Month

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Russia is planning to test-fire two more intercontinental ballistic missiles later this month, a move that could raise regional tensions after a similar launch on Tuesday.

Moscow submitted requests for three tests to the government of neighboring Kazakhstan on Feb. 19, which were approved on Feb. 28, according to a statement on the Kazakh defense ministry's website.

On Tuesday, a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from a launch pad in southern Russia that hit a designated target on a range leased by Moscow from Kazakhstan.

A senior U.S. official told NBC News that the test launch had been "on the books for some time prior to the current crisis in Ukraine."

The new Ukrainian leadership in Kiev, which Russian President Vladimir Putin does not recognize, has accused Moscow of a military invasion in Crimea, something the Russian leader has denied.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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