Russia must persuade China to join negotiations on the extension of the strategic offensive arms treaty, said US Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley
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Special Representative of the US President for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley called the main condition for the extension of the Russian-American strategic offensive arms agreement (START), the newspaper The Washington Times reports. The American leader Donald Trump appointed Billingsley to this position a little less than a month ago, on April 10.
“Russia should convince the Chinese to also sit at the negotiating table,” said the presidential envoy.
According to Billingsley, “one of the main problems with the new START Treaty – among its many other shortcomings – is that the Chinese do not participate in it.” He noted that the agreement was more advantageous for Russia than the United States, and added that Washington was not interested in “arms control for the very fact of arms control.”
On the eve of May 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump held telephone conversations. During the conversation, the latter “reaffirmed that the United States is committed to effective arms control, which includes not only Russia but also China, and is ready for future discussions to avoid an expensive arms race”, reported White House spokesman Judd Deere.
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