India becomes member of key export control regime

Ka-226 is seen during field emergency removal training exercises involving Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry and Interior Ministry units

Ka-226 is seen during field emergency removal training exercises involving Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry and Interior Ministry units

About Indian application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Ryabkjov said that India's application can not be "interlinked" with that of Pakistan and that Moscow is discussing the issue with Beijing at different levels.

An entry into the export control regime would enhance India's credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Russian deputy foreign minister said he had an extensive discussion with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on issues ranging from the volatile situation in the Korean Peninsula to India's bid for NSG membership.

"Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) participating states reviewed progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the arrangement's 42 participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", the grouping said in a statement.

"We recognize that at the moment there is no unanimity regarding Pakistan's application and that it can not be interlinked with India's", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters in New Delhi. "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. The positive action could be taken tomorrow, fingers crossed.

India already enjoys most of the benefits of membership under a 2008 exemption to NSG rules granted to support its nuclear cooperation deal with Washington.


Russia's role is considered more important this year as it retains close ties with both India and China, two countries who have tense ties with each other.

In June previous year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), another key export control regime, as a full member.

The MTCR admitted India as a member in June 2016.

India on Thursday became a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, that controls the global trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies.

According to a media report, Russia, France, Germany and the United States had supported India's bid to the group, where China is not a member.

On Pakistan's entry to the NSG, Ryabkov said there is no prospect for any "unanimity" with respect to the Pakistani application.

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