India has found an ally in Russia, who has been speaking to China at ‘all levels’ to include India in the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG). In June 2016, China had maintained that it opposes India’s entry into the NSG, a group of nations seeking to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by controlling access to sensitive technology.However, in the latest development, according to a report by The Hindu, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov said that the political committee of the 41-member Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies is likely to decide on India’s membership request, and said he hoped for some “positive action, fingers crossed.” The members are currently in Austria’s capital Vienna.Ryabkov was in Delhi for bilateral negotiations ahead of a spate of visits from Moscow over the next few weeks. The foreign minister also took a subtle dig at the United States. Without naming anyone, Ryabkov said that unlike other countries that only speak of support, Russia takes the first to help and actions speak more than words.Also readWilling to discuss ‘possibilities’ with India on Nuclear Suppliers Group, says ChinaIn 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.The United States, which has a nuclear cooperation deal with India, considers it a nuclear power that plays by the rules and is not a proliferator, and wants to bring Asia’s third largest economy into the 48-member group.Also readResistance to India joining nuclear suppliers group softens, but China defiantIndia already enjoys most of the benefits of membership under a 2008 exemption to NSG rules granted to support its nuclear cooperation deal with Washington.With inputs from Reuters
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Speaking to China at ‘all levels’ to include India into the Nuclear Supplies Group: Russia