Instead of developing more complicated missile defense systems, Russia is going to focus on offensive arms to preserve its balance with the US, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. After months of talks in Geneva, the US and Russian delegations have almost completed work on a new treaty to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expired on December 5, while technical details will be finalized in mid-January. However, when asked what the biggest problem was in the talks, Putin said, "The problem is that our American partners are building an anti-missile shield and we are not building one," according to Reuters. "By building such an umbrella over themselves, our partners could feel themselves fully secure and will do whatever they want the level of aggression in politics and economics will rise right away. The balance will be lost," Putin said during a visit to the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok. Global Times - Putin wants more offensive arms to counter US We have had this debate most of the year when the Administration decided to remove Missile defense from Poland after speaking with Russia and getting nothing in return for it. It's quite clear that Russia intends to proceed with it's arming of nations such as Iran, Syria, and others, as well as digregard and impede any sanctions for nuclear arms getting into the hands of these states. So is it prudent in light of this for the nation to be cutting Missile Defense?