India most likely to become member of Wassenaar Arrangement, claims Russian leader

Aubrey Yates
Декабря 7, 2017

China today asserted its opposition to India's membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), saying there is no change in its stand and efforts were on to forge "consensus" among the 48-member elite nuclear club about the admission of new members.

"China's position on this issue remains unchanged".

In voicing its support for India's entry into the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), Russia said that India's application for membership can not be likened to that of Pakistan. China has favoured a criteria-based approach for expansion of the 48-member group, which controls global nuclear commerce.

Except for China, nearly all members of the NSG have backed India's entry into the club due to its clean nuclear record.

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Ryabkov was optimistic about India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement. "In this circumstance if we agree for the above-mentioned applications, it will have two consequences, that is to recognise the nuclear weapons status of the Non-NPT countries".

"The third article of NPT says that the nuclear weapon free countries must sign CSA". 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.

"I hope we can find a solution that is accepted by all relevant parties and uphold the worldwide non-proliferation regime with NPT as the cornerstone". "First is to find a non-discriminatory solution that applies to all non-NPT (Nuclear Proliferation Treaty) contracting countries and then, on this basis, discuss the application of the non-NPT contracting countries", Geng said.

Jaishankar and Ryabkov led the diplomats of India and Russian Federation respectively for the foreign office consultation in New Delhi. At the same time they will exchange views on global issues of common concern.

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