U.S. looking for a pretext not to renew the start-3, according to the state Duma

Demanding to make an agreement on arms control between the United States and Russia tripartite, including China, Washington is looking for excuses not to take concrete steps for the extension of the existing nuclear agreement with Russia (start-3), said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on defence Yury Shvydkin.

Earlier, the special representative of the President of the United States arms control Marshall Billingsley stated that the new agreement on arms control should apply to the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China, and fully embrace them. The contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3) signed on in 2010, remains the only current agreement between Russia and the USA on the limitation of armaments. The agreement expires in February 2021, while Washington has not announced any plans to renew it.

"We have with US a bilateral agreement SNV-3, but at the same time, offering China to include, for some reason they still do not claim UK and France - it would also important was the factor ... In my opinion, it's just a quest prepositions (below - ed.) to get away from the concrete steps to extend this agreement", - said Switchin.

The MP stressed that from the United States until such steps had been taken. He also noted that Russia could not "answer for China," China is a sovereign state and has the right to decide whether party to this agreement, especially because Beijing has repeatedly spoken out against their participation in the agreement.

Earlier, the US administration at different levels underlined the need for the inclusion of China in the negotiation of a new trilateral nuclear agreement between Russia, China and the United States. In Beijing, this idea is rejected. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia supports the extension of the contract about SNV-3 without preconditions.