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Russia Signals It Won’t Lean on China to Join Arms Control Talks

  • Jockeying takes place ahead of June 22 meeting in Vienna
  • ‘We have no intention to participate,’ Chinese spokesman says

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Russia says it won’t press China now to join nuclear weapons talks, despite U.S. urging, even as officials from Washington and Moscow prepare to discuss the fate of the last major arms control accord before it expires early next year.

“My answer to whether it’d be possible to bring China to the table would be a flat and straightforward no,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Tuesday. “We do not see any Chinese readiness to do so. We do not anticipate that this approach will change anytime soon. And we do not intend to use whatever tools in our capacity to change this because it’s a sovereign choice of any country.”