The U.S. State Department announced on Friday that the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy Marshall Billingslea will arrive in Austria and will discuss with Russian Deputy Foreign Sergei Ryabkov, on Monday and Tuesday, “mutually agreed topics related to the future of arms control”.
The State Department also said that “the United States has extended an open invitation to the People’s Republic of China to join these discussions, and has made clear the need for all three countries to pursue arms control negotiations in good faith”.
U.S. President Donald Trump has periodically invited China to join the United States and Russia in negotiations on a nuclear arms control agreement with the aim to replace the 2010 New START accord.
New START which expires in February, establishes the last remaining limits on U.S. and Russian deployments of strategic nuclear arms in no more than 1,550 each.
China, that according to estimates has approximately 300 nuclear weapons, refused again Trump’s proposal.
Billingslea announced last week that he agreed with russian envoy Sergei Ryabkov the date and the location for the negotiations in June.