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Russia backs India on 26/11 probe, nuclear trade

New Delhi: Russia on Tuesday asked Pakistan to bring Mumbai attackers to justice and supported India’s entry into non proliferation bodies following a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in New Delhi.

The joint statement issued after the meeting Manmohan Singh and Dmitry Medvedev in New Delhi called on Pakistan to act against those responsible for the carnage in Mumbai during November 2008.

Russia also called for implementation of UN resolution 1267 on Pakistan-based terror groups referring to the UNSC ban on Lashker-e-Toiba’s front organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its chief Hafiz Saeed.

However, Pakistan found no mention in the joint press conference even when Medvedev was asked a question on terror sanctuaries. In the joint statement Russia said that those who shelter terrorists were as guilty as terrorists. But India couldn’t manage to get Russia to name Pakistan in this context.

Russia agreed that safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan were a threat to Afghanistan’s stability. Russia and India also agreed to intensify their discussions on Afghanistan. This is important given that America woul start pulling out from Afghanistan next year.

Russia also supported India as a strong and deserving candidate for a permanent seat in an expanded United Nations Security Council.

Russia backed India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and non proliferation bodies like Wassenar Arrangement. Wassenar Arrangement has been established to exercise export controls for conventional arms and dual use goods and technologies.

Backing India as full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, both the countries also supported Iran’s right to peaceful development of civilian nuclear energy.

India reiterated its support for the Russia-US disarmament agreement.

Earlier Medvedev and Singh held bilateral talks in New Delhi with the focus on defence agreements, nuclear and business deals.

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