Previously, the United States demanded China's participation in the negotiations on nuclear weapons but has now changed its tactics.
Washington dropped the requirement for China to participate in nuclear negotiations with Russia. This is reported by the Axios edition with reference to the US President's Special Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea.
There has been a вЂњshiftвЂќ at the Vienna talks this week, he said.
Russia wants to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3), and Washington is generally not opposed to doing this if the Russian side supports the development of a more ambitious agreement, Billingslea said.
He added that the treaty should contain China, which is only вЂњbuilding up its potential.вЂќ However, the US refused to require Beijing to be present at the talks.
It is reported that the administration of US President Donald Trump now intends to reach a political agreement with the Russian Federation, and then put pressure on China in order to join the negotiations, and in the future вЂ” the treaty itself.
Billingslea added that he presented the Russian Federation with the conditions for concluding an agreement on the basis of a вЂњclear mandateвЂќ formulated for the team of American negotiators by Trump.
The US special envoy also noted that now вЂњthe ball is on the side of Russia.вЂќ
Earlier it was reported that following the talks, Billingslea said that the new arms agreement should include all nuclear warheads.
In Russia, however, they said that negotiations with the United States had become less counterproductive, but there were no particular shifts so far.