BEIJING, January 31. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson have started a meeting in Beijing on issues of strategic stability, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.
Ryabkov told TASS earlier that he plans to explain Russia's position to Thompson and emphasize the importance of preserving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. He added that it depends on the US side whether they will be able to establish constructive dialogue on this issue. Ryabkov said the US did not indicate their readiness to engage in this work before the meeting in Beijing, while Washington is set to withdraw from the INF Treaty on February 2.