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India admitted into global export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement

India admitted into global export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement

After India's application for entry into the elite group which controls nuclear trade, Pakistan, China's all-weather ally, too had applied with the tacit backing of Beijing.

Formally known as the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the organization is created to regulate the export of sensitive technologies that could possibly lead to "destabilizing accumulations", according to its guidelines.

About Indian application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Ryabkjov said that India's application can not be "interlinked" with that of Pakistan and that Moscow is discussing the issue with Beijing at different levels.

The statement was put up on the website of the WA. "One more recognition, after admission into (Missile Technology Control Regime or) MTCR of the growing role India plays in today's world", Alexandre Ziegler, France's ambassador to India, posted on Twitter. "As president of the Wassenaar Arrangement this year and co-rapporteur of India's candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for joining the Arrangement".

The WA is the second multilateral export control regime that opened up its door for India. India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR).

This move is expected to help New Delhi acquire critical technologies, and raise its stature in the field of non-proliferation, even though it is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT.

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.

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China has been stone-walling India's bid for membership to the NSG.

To be admitted to the Arrangement, states must meet certain criteria, including acquiescence to a range of global nonproliferation treaties, including the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

China is neither the member of the Wassenaar Arrangement nor the MTCR and the Australia Group. The guidelines of the organization prohibit its members to enter into nuke ties with the countries that did not sign the NPT.

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.

He also said Russian Federation is trying to develop relations with Pakistan, "without any hidden agenda" and "in no case at India's expense".

Beijing on Thursday reiterated that its position on admitting new members to the NSG remained unchanged.