Monday 16 March 2020 - 07:49 GMT
Washington has stated that US President Donald Trump welcomes the initiative of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to hold a summit of permanent members of the Security Council, and is proposing that it be held in the United States.
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"President Trump welcomed the idea of President Putin to hold a summit of the five countries and suggested that they be held in the United States on the sidelines of the week of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York," US Ambassador John Russia said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper published Monday morning.
Sullivan said, however, that "the venue or timing of the summit has not yet been finalized," adding: "The parties should discuss the agenda of the meeting, and this issue is very important."
He continued: "In my opinion, and in the opinion of many officials with whom I spoke in Washington, a summit with the participation of the five nuclear powers contributes to opening discussion for arms control alongside other issues. Because the discussion of this issue will be in line with the spirit and essence of the negotiations on strategic stability that took place between Washington and Moscow during Last year or two. "
He added: "As you know, President Trump seeks to involve China in the US-Russian agreements on the issue of arms control. The format of this summit, from our point of view, is well suited to discuss this issue with the participation of the United States, Russia, China as well as Britain and France."
The US ambassador considered, however, that "China cannot be compared to Britain or France," and "China is actively promoting its nuclear capabilities and is on the verge of forming the nuclear triad. Its strength cannot be compared to those of Britain or France."
Sullivan noted that Trump believes that, despite the involvement of Britain and France in the talks during the upcoming summit, "the main participants in discussing the subsequent measures to control arms are the United States, Russia and China."
During his visit to Jerusalem on January 23, 2020, the Russian President proposed that a five-year summit be held with leaders of the United States, China, Britain and France during the year 2020 to discuss ways to "protect peace and preserve civilization."
The Kremlin confirmed that the Chinese presidents, Xi Jinping and France, Emmanuel Macron, supported this initiative, and pointed out that there is a positive signal from Britain.