Russia supports Pakistan’s bid to join elite nuclear trading club
Envoy says Moscow along with Beijing and others is working on a formula that could be acceptable to all
ISLAMABAD: Russian has thrown its weight behind Pakistan’s efforts to become member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an exclusive club of nuclear trading nations.
The support for Islamabad’s bid came from the Russian diplomat, who told a conference held in Islamabad on Friday that Moscow is not opposed to Pakistan’s NSG candidature and has no intention to block it.
Speaking at the seminar on ‘Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Strategic Stability’ that had been organised by Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Pavel Didkovsky, first secretary at Russian Embassy, underlined the possibility of a criteria based approach for inclusion of non-NPT states in NSG.
He said Russia along with China and others are working for a formula that could be acceptable to all.
The Russian diplomat praised steps taken by Pakistan for strengthening its national export control programme that complied with the spirit of international regimes and conventions.
He also acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the Pakistan government for stability in the region including unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing and its support for Russian position on prevention of arms race in outer space.
Speaking on the occasion, Zamir Akram, former permanent representative to Conference on Disarmament and United Nations in Geneva, said Pakistan is seeking to maintain strategic stability in South Asia by having credible deterrence.