India may get Wassenaar membership: Russia

Ruben Hill
December 8, 2017

Deliberations are now underway in Vienna over India's membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, a major export control regime that deals with non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

It need be mentioned that Wassenaar arrangement is one of the key export control regimes that deals with non-proliferation. "We make this point in the contacts with the Chinese at different levels, and India should be confident of Russia's assistance".

The two-day plenary session of the 41-member club commenced on Wednesday.

"WA Participating States reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the Plenary meeting to admit India which will become the Arrangement's 42nd Participating State as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", the regime's statement read.

"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.

"There are good chances of a positive action on the Indian application on the Wassenaar Arrangement (which) could be taken tomorrow", he said while interacting with mediapersons at the Russian Embassy here.

"We have discussed India's prospective NSG membership during our exchanges".

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

For years, India has been trying to gain entry into all the four regimes that govern trade of potentially unsafe technologies.

Significantly, China, which stonewalled Indias entry into the 48-nation NSG is not a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement. China has favoured a criteria-based approach for expansion of the 48-member group, which controls global nuclear commerce.

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

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who was in India for the foreign office consultations, described India's non-proliferation record as "impeccable".

"So, I don't think it will possible to interlink the application of India and Pakistan for becoming members of the NSG", he said.

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