Moscow and Washington on consultations in Vienna discussed the extension of the Contract on reduction of strategic offensive arms (SNV-3). This is stated in the message of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia following the meeting.
the Russian delegation at the negotiations was headed by Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov, us – special envoy of the President of the United States Donald trump on arms control Marshall Billingsley. The consultation lasted about ten hours, RIA Novosti reported.
According to the MFA, in accordance with the instructions of the two presidents continued to discuss the prospects of arms control, including the question of the extension of the start-3 and stability conditions of termination of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range. The parties also conducted a comprehensive dialogue to resolve problems in the field of international security.
Billingsley has already shared his impressions of the consultations, calling them very positive. He also noted the constructiveness of the first round of negotiations.
the start-3 Treaty was signed in 2010. Today it remains the only existing agreement between Russia and the USA on the limitation of armaments. The agreement expires in February 2021. Earlier, the President, Donald trump talked about the desire to develop new trilateral nuclear agreement between Russia, China and the United States. However, Beijing rejected this idea.