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India's chances 'very good' on Wassenaar membership says Russian Federation

India's chances 'very good' on Wassenaar membership says Russian Federation

In India for foreign office consultations, Ryabkov said India could, meanwhile, gain admission into the Wassenaar Arrangement as soon as Thursday.

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.

Russian Federation deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov on Wednesday said India's and Pakistan's application for membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) can not be compared.

The 23rd annual plenary of the Wassenaar Arrangement commenced in Vienna on Wednesday and New Delhi is expecting that the 41-member cartel might take a positive decision on admitting India, sources told DH.

"If everything goes as expected".

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

"We want to bring the group back to its roots and make it possible for the group to consider everyone's supporting applications on its merits and this is how it should be done in case of India", he said.

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. The objective of the Missile Technology Control Regime is to restrict proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles, and related technology for systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogram payload at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction. Membership in other groups like Wassenaar and the Australia Group would give India a chance for closer interaction with member states and also hold up its credentials, despite not being a signatory to the NPT.

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