Wassenaar Arrangement Admits India as Its 42nd Member

Wassenaar Arrangement Admits India as Its 42nd Member

Wassenaar Arrangement Admits India as Its 42nd Member

Moreover, the USA backing for India in the aftermath of the two countries' bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation in 2005 helped New Delhi acquire a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2008 and accede to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016.

The elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) made a decision to admit India as its new member at a two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna.

India will become its 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining are completed, the group said in a statement after its plenary meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

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.

According to Indian media reports, the issue came up for discussion on Wednesday as Sergei Ryabkov met Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

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

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

Ryabkov said Russian Federation has been "very straightforward" and "vocal" in supporting India in its endeavour of getting NSG membership because of the country's "impeccable and impressive record" in the area of non-proliferation.

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

"Beijing has been maintaining that the NSG should first "explore" through "an open and transparent" process and reach agreement on a non-discriminatory formula" to deal with the issue of granting membership to the countries, which had not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT.

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The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) admitted India as a member in June 2016.

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.

India is also keen to get the membership of Australian Group, which governs worldwide trade of materials used to make chemical and biological weapons.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has admitted that Russian Federation was looking to build ties with Pakistan, a country he described as taking great interest in multilateral forums.

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