“We’ll see,” UNITED states Special Envoy to the president for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea told Reuters when asked what he expected to come of the talks as he arrived with his delegation at a palace adjoining Austria, Ministry of Foreign affairs.
He refused to give details about their content.
His Russian interlocutor, Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, was equally cautious, telling journalists shortly after: “let’s see, let’s see. We are still very optimistic.”
The U.S. State Department said Billingslea will be in Vienna for discussions on the Monday and the Tuesday.
New START imposes the last limits on U.S. and Russian deployments of strategic nuclear arms to no more than 1,550 each. It can be extended up to five years if both parties agree.
The AMERICAN President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for China to join the united States and Russia in the negotiations on an agreement intended to replace the New DEPARTURE. China, estimated to be approximately 300 nuclear weapons, has repeatedly rejected Trump’s proposal.
Reuters journalists at the palace did not see any Chinese officials. (Reporting by Francois Murphy, Editing by William Maclean)
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