The Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision of Russia and the United States to extend START-3

Date of publication: 29 January 2021

According to the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, Beijing welcomes the decision of Russia and the United States to extend the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Weapons (START – 3), TASS reports

According to him, the extension will contribute to the maintenance of global strategic stability, international peace and security, which meets the general expectations of the international community.

The Chinese side hopes that the parties will complete the process of extending the agreement as soon as possible.

As owners of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world, accounting for more than 90% of such weapons, the United States and Russia must follow the international consensus and fulfill their most important obligations in the field of nuclear disarmament, significantly and significantly reduce their nuclear weapons arsenals in order to create conditions for the implementation of comprehensive and complete nuclear disarmament.

At the same time, the diplomat stressed that China does not yet plan to take part in the trilateral negotiations on the reduction of nuclear weapons.

Recall that on January 26, Moscow and Washington exchanged notes on the extension of START-3. In its note, the American Embassy in Russia proposed, in accordance with the provisions of the treaty, to extend its validity “for five years until February 5, 2026.” The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, confirmed the “acceptability of this proposal” for the Russian side.

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