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Back India's entry into NSG, China told

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S Jaishankar Foreign Secretary discussed the prospect of India joining the Wassenaar Arrangement with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister. PTI file

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.

Except for China, nearly all members of the NSG have backed India's entry into the club due to its clean nuclear record.

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.

"If everything goes as expected. We make this point in the contacts with the Chinese at different levels, and India should be confident of Russia's assistance".

The deputy foreign minister of Russian Federation asserted that this is an example and reflection of his country's unwavering commitment and support to India in internationally recognised export control groups.

"The summit will be a historical one indeed, while as you know a decision on giving Indian and Pakistan permanent membership is expected to be taken". Asked for his reaction to Ryabkov's comments, Geng said all the members of the NSG supported the two-step approach-to find non-discriminatory solution that applies to all non-NPT countries then on that basis discuss the application of the non-NPT counties.

"The issue of India's membership has been more politicised than anything else and it is an unfortunate development".

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

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

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.

"China's position on this remains unchanged", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here responding to Russian deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov's remarks in New Delhi yesterday that Moscow was speaking to China for India's membership into the NSG.

There is no change in stance by China where India's NSG membership is concerned.

"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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