Putin urges US to share missile defense data

Putin urges US to share

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Washington to provide Moscow with data about US missile defense developments as part of an information exchange under a new arms treaty. Putin's remarks, carried by Russian news agencies, signaled difficulties in talks between the two nations on a successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that expired on Dec. 5. Moscow and Washington had hoped to strike a deal before the end of the year but problems persist. Putin's comments also showed that the former Russian president is continuing to shape Russian foreign policy, which under the constitution should be set by his successor, Dmitry Medvedev.