India's chances 'very good' on Wassenaar membership says Russian Federation

Ross Houston
December 8, 2017

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.

China, however, has been persistently blocking India's move to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which controls the global trade of atomic technologies and materials.

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..."

In a statement, the group confirmed India's entry after its twenty-third plenary meeting in Vienna.

Membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group, another export control regime, would give India a chance for a closer interaction with member-states and also hold up its credentials, despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Earlier this year, India had updated its export control lists to bring them in line with worldwide standards, including those required by the Wassenaar Arrangement.

Participating States seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.

It aims to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists. "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. In June a year ago, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member. 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.

At their Vienna meeting, its members adopted new export controls in a number of areas, including military explosives and specific electronic components.

"Existing controls were further clarified regarding ground stations for spacecraft, submarine diesel engines, technology related to intrusion software, software for testing gas turbine engines, analogue-to-digital converters, non- volatile memories and information security", the grouping said in the statement at the end of the two-day meeting.

The WA is the second multilateral export control regime that opened up its door for India.

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