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India In Advanced Stage Of Joining Wassenaar Arrangement

India In Advanced Stage Of Joining Wassenaar Arrangement”

The multilateral grouping, with 41 members that sets the rules on export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, is now meeting in Vienna with deliberations set to conclude on Thursday. "This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of global export control regimes", Ryabkov told journalists.

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

There are "very good chances of a positive action" on India's application tomorrow at the Wassenaar Arrangement's plenary session in Vienna, Ryabkov said.

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov also clarified on relations with Pakistan and termed it to be without any hidden agenda and certainly not at the India's expense.

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. India had applied for NSG membership previous year, but its bid is primarily being blocked by China, which maintains that the signing Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a prerequisite for entry into the bloc. 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.

India is in advanced stage of joining Wassenaar arrangement and the decision could come as early as Thursday in what would be an acknowledgment for Delhi's non-proliferation record.

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.

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

"We recognize the fact there is for the moment no prospect for any unanimity with respect to the Pakistani application".



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