In the meeting, Putin and Biden also agreed to reduce the threat of nuclear war because it must “never be fought” and because it “cannot be won.” China called their agreement to engage in bilateral dialogue to reach stability a “welcome” development. A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, said the United States and Russia should “substantively slash their nuclear stockpile in a verifiable, irreversible and legally binding way to create conditions for the ultimate comprehensive and complete nuclear disarmament,” Newsweek reported.
“This is the most effective way to uphold global strategic stability and promote international peace and security,” Lijian added.
Russia, the U.S., China, the United Kingdom and France are all considered nuclear states and have signed the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The treaty is seen as a landmark in its objective to prevent any more countries from acquiring nuclear weapons and achieve nuclear disarmament one day.
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