State Department: the US Against Arms Race with Russia and China

The United States advocates the formation of an effective international arms control system and against a trilateral arms race with the participation of Russia and China.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said that for a long period of time, the United States has pursued a consistent policy of renouncing its arms control obligations in order to ensure conditions for military dominance.

In response to this statement, a State Department spokesman said the United States remains committed to effective arms control to ensure the security of the United States and its allies.

He recalled that US President Donald Trump instructed his administration to “begin a new chapter, seeking a new era of arms control that goes beyond bilateral treaties of the past.” In this regard, the United States encourages Russia and China to join this work in order to achieve real security results for our countries and the whole world.

According to the representative of the State Department, Trump wants a “trilateral agreement that is consistent with the current security environment in which China and Russia are conducting an arms race.”

The State Department also noted that, in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the PRC is obliged to “in good faith” negotiate with the Russian and American parties on effective measures leading to nuclear disarmament.