In the face of such obstacles, the US`s attempt to involve China in its upcoming arms control talks – with the possible aim of replacing New START rather than committing to renewing the treaty – does not bode well for future arms control talks. After initial resistance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was ready to extend the deal, but the Trump administration has yet to make a decision. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called on the United States to respond to Russia`s offer to extend New START without China and said it would “create the conditions for other nuclear-weapon states to participate in multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament.” “New START is the lowest hanging fruit in arms control and a litmus test for future conversations,” Baklitskiy said. “If the U.S. can`t agree on this, why is it at the table?” Is the watch off? Under Trump, Washington abandoned other arms control agreements and withdrew from the INF and, this year, the “open skies” treaty. U.S. officials also discussed whether the first U.S. nuclear tests in 28 years should be conducted to push Russia and China to reach agreement on a trilateral arms control agreement, according to several reports. With New START looming and Washington`s approach to negotiations called into question, there is growing concern that the current impasse will expire in the ceasefire agreement and could trigger an arms race in the 21st century. “Clearly, [China] intends to achieve some kind of nuclear parity with the United States and Russia,” Billingslea said. “Whether this parity is qualitative or perhaps quantitative from the beginning — it actually seems to be the case.” But achieving a three-way agreement is a company that faces great obstacles.
First, U.S. officials said they wanted a broader agreement on non-strategic weapons and an even stricter overhaul, which experts say would take months – if not years. negotiate and develop a general agreement between national trade union confederations, national employers` organisations and the Russian government; The event, which is part of a new framework agreement on Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) in 2018, was praised as a practical first step towards improving defence capabilities and closer cooperation between the signatories. U.S. allies are reportedly lobbying the Trump administration to agree to an extension while encouraging China to engage in broader arms control negotiations. This U.S. approach has also led to suspicions that Washington`s insistence on a trilateral agreement is a negotiating tactic of making concessions or ending a new START, while leaving China and Russia responsible for the pact`s decline.