India's chances 'very good' on Wassenaar membership says Russian Federation

India's chances 'very good' on Wassenaar membership says Russian Federation

"Wassenaar Arrangement 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 Arrangements 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", the grouping said in a statement.

Russia, France, Germany and the United States are strongly supporting India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement, which controls the global trade of conventional weapons and dual-use goods and technologies.

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

"If everything goes as expected".

The deputy foreign minister of Russian Federation asserted that this is an example and reflection of his country's unwavering commitment and support to India in internationally recognised export control groups.

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) today made a decision to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhis stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies.

Earlier this year, India approved SCOMET (Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment, and Technologies) items, mandatory under the Wassernaar Arrangement.

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. 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.

Ryabkov said the issue of India's membership to the nuclear suppliers group (NSG), another major non-proliferation group, has been "politicised", which, he termed, "unfortunate" and noted that New Delhi's application should viewed on merit.

In June previous year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), another key export control regime, as a full member.

In 2016, China led the opposition to a push by the United States to bring India into the NSG which aims to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation by stopping the sale of items that can be used to make nuclear arms.

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

"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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