Russia silent on whether NSG ban on ENR supply will cover India

Russia appears to confirm New Delhi’s concerns that India is not being exempted from new restrictions on the supply of uranium enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) equipment to countries outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

An official spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry refused to say whether India was affected by the ban on export of ENR technologies approved by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at its meeting on June 24 in the Netherlands.

“We do not think it proper to publicly discuss individual countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday responding to a direct question from The Hindu whether the NSG ban was effective only against North Korea and Iran or targeted India as well.

Mr. Lukashevich said the new NSG guidelines are already incorporated in the Russian legislation through a government decree adopted in December 2009 in compliance with the Group of Eight 2008 ban on the sale of ENR equipment.

Russian government decree #992 of December 4, 2009 allowed export of ENR equipment and technologies only to countries that are signatories to the NPT. In line with the G8 practice, the Russian decree was valid for 12 months and was renewed in December 2010 following the G8 reiteration of its ban earlier last year.

At the same time Mr. Lukashevich stressed that Russia had consistently worked to push through the 2008 NSG waver for India and strongly supported India’s bid to join the NSG.

“We are determined to do our best to facilitate India getting full membership in NSG,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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