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08 December 2017, 08:12 | Anna Jefferson
Russian relations with China and Pakistan are valuable and not to the detriment of India’s interests says Sergei Ryabkov
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. "One more recognition, after admission into (Missile Technology Control Regime or) MTCR of the growing role India plays in today's world", Alexandre Ziegler, France's ambassador to India, posted on Twitter.
Formally known as the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the organization is created to regulate the export of sensitive technologies that could possibly lead to "destabilizing accumulations", according to its guidelines.
India's membership in the Wassenaar Arrangement partly hinged on a lack of consensus, with Italy having objected to New Delhi's participation until the two countries repaired their bilateral relationship this year following a multiple-year spat over the fate of two Italian marines who killed two Indian fishermen in 2012.
"The United States welcome the successful conclusion of the #WassenaarArrangement plenary, which offered #India membership, agreed upon over 80 control list updates, & (and) exchanged views on #proliferation challenges", the U.S. mission to UN in Vienna tweeted.
China and some other members of the nuclear club maintain that the NSG should come out with clear guidelines to consider the entry of countries that are not signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
"This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of worldwide nuclear control regimes", he added, speaking to journalists after meeting Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, and Secretary (Economic Relations) Vijay Gokhale, who is now the Sherpa for the BRICS grouping as well.
India on Thursday became a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, that controls the global trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies.
Ryabkov said the issue of India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), another major non-proliferation group, has been "politicised", which, he termed, "unfortunate" and noted that New Delhi's application should viewed on merit. In June previous year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member.
The deputy foreign minister of Russian Federation asserted that this is an example and reflection of his country's unwavering commitment and support to India in internationally recognised export control groups.
The NSG controls global nuclear commerce.
China, which is not a member of WA, has stonewalled India's entry into the NSG.
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