BEIJING, January 22. /TASS/. The Chinese authorities expects that the United States will work with Russia to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Friday.
"The extension of New START will have a positive impact, making it possible to ensure strategic stability, peace and security on the international stage," she pointed out. "We hope that the United States will continue to cooperate with Russia in order to extend the treaty," Hua Chunying added.
According to the Chinese diplomat, Beijing is hopeful that Moscow and Washington will create strong conditions and implement bilateral agreements related to the reduction of nuclear arsenals.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing on Thursday that the US authorities sought to extend the treaty for five years.
New START, which was signed in 2010 and came into force in 2011, is set to expire on February 5, 2021. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on January 20 that Moscow continued to call for extending the treaty, preferably for five years. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov pointed out on January 15 that if Washington dropped its additional conditions, an agreement "can be reached quite quickly."