India may get Wassenaar membership: Russia

India may get Wassenaar membership: Russia

Even as Beijing is persistently blocking New Delhi's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement another multilateral export control regime seems set to open up its doors for India.

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) on Thursday chose to admit India as its new member, which is expected raise New Delhi's stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.

There are "very good chances of a positive action" on India's application tomorrow at the Wassenaar Arrangement's plenary session in Vienna, Ryabkov said. France has been the chair of the Wassenaar Arrangement since January this year and the United Kingdom will take over after the plenary in Vienna.

"If everything goes as expected".

Ryabkov, who spoke in New Delhi, also said India's case can not be compared to Pakistan's. On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before a Russia-India-China (RICS) meeting along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin later this month. Through the revised list of items, India also seeks to send a message about its larger commitment to non-proliferation. "I can assure you that Russia's ties with no country in the world will come at the expense of its relationship with India", said Ryabkov.

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"The issue of India's membership has been more politicised than anything else and it is an unfortunate development".

In June 2016, China had maintained that it opposes India's entry into the NSG, a group of nations seeking to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by controlling access to sensitive technology.

Russian Federation is speaking to China at "all levels" for India's membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and hopes that India will win membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, another multilateral technology regime India has applied to, Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said here on Wednesday. India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR).

China has been stone-walling India's bid for membership to the NSG. The meeting is also being seen as an attempt by India to balance a perceived pro-U.S. tilt, coming after the first meeting of the U.S. -Japan-Australia-India "Quad" last month, and the upcoming India-Japan-Australia trilateral, also due to take place next week.

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