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

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

India has applied for membership of the Wassenaar Arrangement with the secretariat of the group, which is located in Vienna, Austria.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday discussed the issue of India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. "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.

India is likely to get the membership of the Wassenaar Arrangement, one of the key export control regimes that deals with non-proliferation, if everything goes well at the plenary session onThursday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

"We recognise that at the moment there is no unanimity on Pakistan's application and that the same can not be interlinked with India's", said Ryabkov, after his meeting with Jaishankar.

"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.

"This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of worldwide nuclear control regimes", he added, speaking to journalists after meeting Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, and Secretary (Economic Relations) Vijay Gokhale, who is now the Sherpa for the BRICS grouping as well.

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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).

In the plenary session, the WA reaffirmed its strong support for robust export controls on a global basis as an important tool for ensuring worldwide peace and stability.

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.

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

The WA membership is also expected to build up a strong case for Indias entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). "This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of global export control regimes", Ryabkov told journalists.

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