India set to become member of another export control regime

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"WA 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 Arrangement's 42nd Participating State as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", the regime's statement read.

Russia, France, Germany and the USA have backed India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement.

"If everything goes as expected".

"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.

"This is an example and reflection of Russia's unwavering support to India's membership of global 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.

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.

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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". It has also argued that if India could be allowed to join the NSG, then why not Pakistan which applied for membership right after New Delhi sent its application.

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

According to a media report, Russia, France, Germany and the United States had supported India's bid to the group, where China is not a member.

The plenary session of the group members is set on Thursday.

Russian Federation is speaking to China at "all levels" for India's membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and hopes that India will win membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, another multilateral technology regime India has applied to, Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said here on Wednesday.

"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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