Lavrov praised the ways of the United States to involve China in negotiations on arms
The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called impolite ways in which the US is trying to involve China in negotiations on strategic stability.
Earlier, the state Department announced that the 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. It was noted that the States also recommend China as soon as possible to meet with Russia to consider further steps for tripartite talks on arms control. In turn, earlier this week, 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, but only if the US agrees to reduce its nuclear Arsenal to China's level.
"(Special envoy of the U.S. President for arms control Marshall – ed.) Billingsley says: we welcomed China's readiness to join the tripartite talks, we invite China to come to Vienna... Now again declare publicly: we invite China to come to Vienna, and before that, think it right to Russia and China met together, would explain it (to China), what we want from him. That is rude, not diplomatic, I think anyone no need to explain," added the Minister.
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. Lavrov pointed out that Russia supports the extension of the contract about SNV-3 without preconditions.
The destruction of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear forces (INF), one of the pillars of the global system of strategic stability, occurred after the U.S. decision in August 2019 to get out of it, ostensibly because of violations on the part of Russia. Washington has accused Moscow of developing and testing prohibited missiles 9М729 (SSC-8 according to NATO classification). In Moscow claim that the missile has allowed a range of less than 500 kilometers. China was not a party to the INF Treaty. This fact the United States also explained its intention to leave the agreement.