Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country supports India’s bid for membership with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Putin said that he would himself raise the matter at the June 23-24 plenary meeting in Seoul in which it will be decided whether India gets the coveted membership or not.
That is not all, the Russian President told India Today that Moscow is talking with Beijing about India’s entry.
This proves that Putin is interested in playing a larger role in India’s entry, much like former US President George W. Bush played for a key NSG waiver for India in 2008 when he rang up his then Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and convinced him not to go against the waiver. Since Obama cannot do the same with his counterpart Xi Jinping due to growing hostility between US and China, Putin has perhaps sensed an opportunity. But Putin hinted
that the matter will be taken within the framework of international law. One must note here that even if one member country opposes India’s bid, the entry will not be granted.
India applied for full membership of the NSG on May 12. A week later China propped Pakistan to apply for the same, which Islamabad promptly did.
China is supporting
its “all-weather” ally (read vassal state) Pakistan because the south Asian country is the most crucial pivot for Beijing’s Asia-domination plans.
Beijing contends that if India gets NSG membership, it will trigger a nuclear arms race in the region.
China argues that India is a non-NPT country and should not be admitted into NSG on that ground alone as it would undermine efforts to prevent proliferation.
But Putin said that while the international community must act within the international law, “we must look at all the opportunities to ensure, provide and support India’s interests”.
He underlined India’s energy needs for its billion plus population as a factor which puts India in a different league from others.
And Putin said that India’s growing ties with Russia’s arch-rival US will have no effect on New Delhi’s relations with Moscow.
During his just concluded five-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed to secure the support of both Switzerland
– two countries earlier opposed to India’s entry to NSG.