India admitted into global export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement

India admitted into global export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement

India and Pakistan are not signatories to NPT.

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.

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

It joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June a year ago, but China has stalled India's entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which controls access to critical nuclear knowhow.

"If everything goes as expected".

Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to get into export control regimes such as the NSG, the MTCR, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement that regulate the conventional, nuclear, biological and chemicals weapons and technologies.

According to Indian media reports, the issue came up for discussion on Wednesday as Sergei Ryabkov met Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists.

Taking a dig at the United States for not pushing China to remove its objections to India's membership at the NSG as Russian Federation had, Mr. Ryabkov said, "Unlike some other countries that only speak of support, Russian Federation takes actual steps to help and actions speak more than words..."

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

China has, on several occasions, stone-walled India's bid for membership to the NSG. In June past year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member.

"Confirming that the existing membership criteria continue to apply, participating states reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary to admit India, the Arrangement's 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining are completed", said Jean-Louis Falconi, who chaired the plenary on behalf of the French government.

China is neither the member of the Wassenaar Arrangement nor the MTCR and the Australia Group.

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.

"So, I don't think it will possible to interlink the application of India and Pakistan for becoming members of the NSG", he said.