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Yet again, Russia is getting the better of the ever-deferential Obama administration regarding missile defense.

Obsessed with placating Moscow to achieve further, U.S.-weakening cuts in strategic nuclear warheads, the administration in March nixed European deployment of U.S. systems capable of intercepting missiles targeting U.S. soil. But what's sauce for the American goose is not sauce for the Russian gander:

While insisting on legal restrictions on U.S. and NATO systems that would protect Europe and the U.S. against long-range Iranian missiles, Moscow is building new, advanced missile-defense radar systems.

The Washington Free Beacon reports two already are deployed, in Siberia and near St. Petersburg; another, near the Black Sea, will be ready by year's end, with more in the works. Bolstered by modernized anti-missile interceptors, these systems can simultaneously track up to 500 objects up to 3,700 miles away.

“The Russians are upset with U.S. missile defenses in Europe and here they are building a network of missile tracking facilities,” says one U.S. military official who sees that project as part of a larger Russian buildup of offensive and defensive capabilities that represents a growing strategic threat.

Yet the Obama administration isn't calling out Moscow over that buildup or demanding limits on Russian missile defense — more evidence that it's more concerned with pleasing Russia than with keeping America safe.

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