India becomes member of key 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.

After joining Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) previous year, India is set to become a member of another multilateral export control regime, Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), after the participating states agreed on the country's bid for the entry on Thursday.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before a Russia-India-China (RICS) meeting along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin later this month.

Even as Beijing is persistently blocking New Delhi's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement another multilateral export control regime seems set to open up its doors for India.

There are "very good chances of a positive action" on India's application tomorrow at the Wassenaar Arrangement's plenary session in Vienna, Ryabkov said.

"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.

China, which blocked New Delhi's plea for admission into the NSG, is not a member of the Wassenaar Arrangement.

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India has found an ally in Russian Federation, who has been speaking to China at "all levels" to include India in the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG).

The NSG controls global export of nuclear material and technology.

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.

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

The MTCR admitted India as a member in June 2016.

Last year, India gained entry into the Missile Technologies Control Regime (MTCR), which paved way for it to get critical missile technologies and also export its missiles.

Ryabkov was optimistic about India's entry into the Wassenaar Arrangement.

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