The U.S. is considering the option of "2-steps" at the conclusion with Russia the new contract on strategic offensive weapons, said in an interview to the Japanese newspaper "nikkey" by the US special representative for arms control Marshall Billingsley.
according to his statement, due to the fact that Beijing does not want to participate in a trilateral negotiable, Washington would initially be spent on developing a new framework of cooperation with Moscow, and only then strive to negotiate the three countries.
"in the long term, the increase in the Arsenal of China to different degrees to affect the security of Russia. The interaction of China on disarmament lies in the common interests of Russia and the USA ", - quotes the log words of the American envoy.
Billingsley recalled that the head of Donald trump maintains its position on the possibility of prolongation of the start-3 Treaty " subject to conditions ". He also did not rule out that through dialogue with Russia, Washington tries to have some impact on China.
"Bilateral dialogue would have been a very wise way," added Billingsley.
The start-3 Treaty remains the only applicable between Russia and U.S. agreement on arms limitation. It will cease to operate after February 5, 2021. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to extend it for 5 years without any conditions. The US administration insists on the need to incorporate dialogues in China, in Beijing, this idea is rejected.
As expected, the future start-3 Treaty will be one of the topics for discussion at the meeting, Billingsley, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov, held 16-18 in Vienna.