The preparation of the meeting of the Russia-USA in Vienna is almost completed, said the Ambassador
Preparation for the meeting, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and the special representative of the President of the United States arms control Marshall Billingsley on strategic stability in Vienna is almost completed, said in an online interview, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov.
"I would like to confirm that the preparatory work in Vienna is almost complete. We are grateful to the Austrian colleagues for the hospitality. All the conditions for a fruitful conversation," said Antonov.
According to him, the delegations of Russia and the United States are the interagency. "The center of attention - problems of arms control, or maybe even more - the problems of strategic stability," Antonov said.
The diplomat noted that Russia has a lot of questions to our American partners regarding their plans and actions to change the architecture of strategic security. "We cannot but be concerned by the US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, the INF Treaty, plans for the DON (open skies Treaty). Many talks here about the prospects of a recall by the Americans of their signatures under the Treaty on comprehensive ban of nuclear tests, the us military plans openly aimed at the containment of Russia and China," he said.
"We proposes the concept of rivalry of great powers. In fact we are talking about the arms race. We would like to avoid such developments," - said Antonov.
Earlier, the state Department announced that special envoy of the U.S. President for arms control Marshall Billingsley will hold talks with Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on June 22-23. In addition, the state Department said the United States sent an invitation to China to join in these discussions and clearly stated the need for all three countries have negotiated in good faith on arms control.