Russia needs to develop "offensive strike systems" to preserve strategic balance with the United States, without producing its own missile defense, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
Putin's comment, made at a press briefing in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, echoed a similar call from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week.
Just try and put this one into perspective. Obama has made overtures to reduce our nuclear weapons stockpile. He wants to rid the world of nukes, loose and otherwise. Now, Putin is saying that Russia needs to build more offensive weapons to maintain a balance in the world.