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The United States will invite China and Russia for talks on arms control

U.S. welcomes China willingness to negotiate on arms control and invited the Chinese delegation to the talks with Russia in Vienna on this issue, according to the state Department.

Earlier, the Director of the Department of arms control of Chinese foreign Ministry Fu Cong said that China is ready to join trilateral talks on disarmament with the United States and Russia if the US agrees to reduce its nuclear Arsenal to China's level.

"The United States welcomes China's commitment to participate in negotiations on arms control. As such, reasonable steps would include personal meetings between the United States and China. Special envoy of the President for arms control Ambassador Marshall Billingsley invite the Chinese government to join in good faith negotiations in Vienna, Austria", - stated in the message Department.

It is noted that the U.S. also "recommend China as soon as possible to meet with Russia to consider further steps for tripartite talks on arms control".

"We'll all get to negotiate different points of view and goals, and we will surely have disagreements. But it is time for dialogue and diplomacy between the three major nuclear powers on how to prevent a new arms race", - stated in the message.

Russia and the United States in June held in Vienna meeting on arms control and the ABM Treaty. A second meeting is scheduled in the same place, roughly at the end of July – early August.

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. The US administration at different levels emphasizes 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 pre-conditions.