Mr. Putin said that Russia has no intention to build a missile shield of its own but will have to develop new offensive weapons to offset a future U.S. missile defense.
"In order to preserve a balance, while we aren't planning to build a missile defense of our own, as it's very expensive and its efficiency is not quite clear yet, we have to develop offensive strike systems," he said.
Mr. Putin added that the United States must share information about their missile defense plans if they want Russia to provide data on its new weapons.
"They should give us all the information about the missile defense, and we will be ready then to provide some information about offensive weapons," Mr. Putin said.
Well, there's you have it, either "great honesty" or simple and skillful diplomacy: Give us all your information and we will give some of our in return. Such an assertion may seem outrageous. As a denotation it certainly is. As a connotation it may be truly "skillful diplomacy" because to speak in such a way is simply good diplomacy. Good diplomacy is one in which the parties keep the conversation going by either being vague in the form of mental reservations or in the form of hyperboles or perhaps other techniques.
("Putin urges U.S. to share missile data" by Vladimir Isachenkov, AP, Tuesday December 29, 2009)