In the process of strategic arms reduction should involve Russia and China, said the special representative of the President of the United States Marshall Billingsley. In Beijing earlier refused to join the negotiations between Moscow and Washington.

he was commenting on the words of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. According to the head of the foreign Ministry, the agreement should include “the whole complex of the Russian nuclear Arsenal, including non-strategic nuclear weapons.”

In 2010 Russia and the United States signed the Treaty on reduction of strategic offensive arms (SNV-3). It involves reducing the number of deployed warheads, Intercontinental ballistic missiles and missiles deployed on submarines and heavy bombers.

the Document has replaced first start Treaty, which entered into force in 1994 and expired in 2009. The current start-3 will expire in 2021. For extension of Moscow and Washington had not yet agreed.

Washington said earlier about the need to connect to start Beijing — in April of 2019, it was stated by the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

may 21 Wall Street Journal reported intention Billingsley to discuss with Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov new offer of Washington on a Treaty on the limitation of nuclear arms, to which it is proposed to include China. The newspaper noted that the proposal was “much more ambitious” than the start-3.

the Meeting Ryabkov and Billingsley will be held in Austria 22-23, said in a statement the U.S. state Department. Washington also invited Beijing to join the negotiations. China, whose nuclear Arsenal is less than that of the US and Russia, has repeatedly stated that he is not going to become a member of the trilateral nuclear deal, WSJ notes.