Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

India admitted into global export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement

Ka-226 is seen during field emergency removal training exercises involving Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry and Interior Ministry units India admitted into global export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 07:22

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.

Moreover, the US backing for India in the aftermath of the two countries' bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation in 2005 helped New Delhi acquire a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2008 and accede to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016.

Russian Federation is speaking to China at "all levels" for India's membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and hopes that India will win membership to the Wassenaar Arrangement, another multilateral technology regime India has applied to, Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said here on Wednesday.

The statement was put up on the website of the WA.

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.

The Ambassador of France Alexandre Ziegler tweeted his country's congratulations. The members are now in Austria's capital Vienna.

The WA is the second multilateral export control regime that opened up its door for India. The MTCR's primary objective to restrict proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles, and related technology for systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogram payload at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction.

The Wassenaar Arrangement regulates trade in conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.

Yesterday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said India was likely to get the membership of the grouping in the ongoing plenary session.

India has been admitted as the 42nd member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a global export control regime.

"China's position on this remains unchanged", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here responding to Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkovs remarks in New Delhi that Moscow was speaking to China for India's membership into the NSG. The guidelines of the organization prohibit its members to enter into nuke ties with the countries that did not sign the NPT.

"At the same time they will not sign the Comprehensive Safeguard Agreement (CSA) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" which is mandatory under the NPT, he said.

China blocked India's entry to the NSG when the cartel had its 26th plenary in South Korea in June 2016.

India already enjoys most of the benefits of membership under a 2008 exemption to NSG rules granted to support its nuclear cooperation deal with Washington.