Russia tones down criticism of new U.S. missile plans

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By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia signaled on Thursday that a change in U.S. plans for a European anti-missile shield could help the two sides make progress towards resolving a dispute that has frayed their relations. On Friday, the United States announced it would station 14 new anti-missile interceptors in Alaska after North Korea threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike, and forgo a new interceptor that would have been deployed in central Europe. Cold War-era foes Moscow and Washington have long been at loggerheads over the shield in Europe. ...