Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country supports India’s bid for membership with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
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.
Beijing contends that if India gets NSG membership, it will trigger a nuclear arms race in the region.
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.
During his just concluded five-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed to secure the support of both Switzerland and Mexico – two countries earlier opposed to India’s entry to NSG.