India becomes member of key export control regime

India becomes member of key export control regime

"Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) participating states reviewed progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India which will become the arrangement's 42 participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", the grouping said in a statement. Russian Federation is a firm proponent of India's membership.

India'a membership of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies comes more than a year after becoming member of the Missile Technologies Control Regime (MTCR).

The decision was taken at the two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna.

"If everything goes as expected".

"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.

"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. Through the revised list of items, India also seeks to send a message about its larger commitment to non-proliferation.

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

He said other countries "who only speak", should also be more proactive in helping India enter the elite club.

"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.

Ryabkov on Wednesday said Russian Federation was in touch with China over India's application for New Delhi's entry into the NSG.

Yesterday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said India was likely to get the membership of the grouping in the ongoing plenary session. China's repeated stonewalling of India's membership bid in the NSG has become a major stumbling block in bilateral relations. The meeting is also being seen as an attempt by India to balance a perceived pro-U.S. tilt, coming after the first meeting of the U.S. -Japan-Australia-India "Quad" last month, and the upcoming India-Japan-Australia trilateral, also due to take place next week.

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

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