Ryabkov: strategic stability consultations to be held in Russia-U.S. format

Ryabkov: strategic stability consultations to be held in Russia-U.S. format

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed that he would hold strategic stability talks with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea in Vienna on June 22.

"Yes, we confirm that the meeting will take place," the high-ranking Russian diplomat said. "The delegations will be headed by the deputy foreign minister in charge of this issue [Ryabkov] on Russia’s behalf and by US Special Presidential Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea on behalf of the American side," TASS cited him as saying.

The senior Russian diplomat said he hoped that the resumption of dialogue on strategic stability would help "make this process get off the ground and map out a certain way forward."

As the senior Russian diplomat said, Moscow was surprised by the US side’s mention that colleagues in Washington expected the arrival of China’s representatives at the Vienna meeting on June 22. 

"We know about China’s stance and treat it with respect. That is why, we proceed from the fact that the Vienna meeting will be held in the bilateral Russia-US format with the participation of the delegations where all specialized agencies will be represented," Ryabkov said.

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