The Ambassador called photo US consultations with Russia in Vienna staged

The Ambassador of Russia in Austria Dmitry lubinsky reported RIA Novosti, the negotiations on the Russian-American bilateral consultations was not and could not be flags of China because of the bilateral meeting between Russia and the United States.

Russian-American consultations on strategic stability in the past week in Vienna, the Russian delegation is headed by Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov, us - special envoy of the U.S. President for arms control Marshall Billingsley.

Before the talks Billingsley in Twitter criticized China for lack of its representatives in the Russian-American consultations on strategic stability, accompanied by the publication of the photo, which shows placed on the tables, the flags of the three countries. Russian Ambassador Dmitry lubinsky later did publish to Facebook by attaching the photos has already begun negotiations. On tables in General no there are no flags, indicating that the photograph Billingsley on Twitter staged.

Previous bilateral negotiations on strategic issues was held in Vienna on 16 January, after which the already irregular dialogue was paused because of a pandemic coronavirus. One of the main themes of the consultations will become the extension of the Treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms (start-3). Anticipating the meeting, Ryabkov said RIA Novosti that Moscow positively evaluates "the resumption of such contacts".