The old friend of India, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi resolved in improving their cooperation at multilateral fora like the BRICS, WTO, G20 and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as well as Russia-India-China cooperation.
A vision document issued after the Modi-Putin talks, narrated, “We believe that there is a need to reform the United Nations and in particular, the UN Security Council to make it more representative of contemporary realities and to respond more effectively to emerging challenges and threats. Russia reaffirms its strong support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council.”
Russia strongly backed India’s bid to the 48-member elite NSG club. In the context of participation in multilateral export control regimes, India is expected to be contributing to their enhancement, feels Russia.
The declaration said, “In this context, Russia welcomes India’s application for the membership in Nuclear’s Suppliers Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement and reiterates its strong support for India’s earliest admission to these control regimes.”
On the other hand, Japan, too, has committed to be working with India to further its nuclear programs. A joint working group (JWG) between India and Japan will soon be formed in creating joint ventures and establishing a roadmap for building nuclear reactors in the country.
Both country’s public and private sectors will represent the JWG. It will have representatives from Toshiba, Hitachi and Mitsubishi, among others, that are interested in building nuclear reactors in India.
Therefore, this is an opportunity for India to enhance its nuclear programs, which can be made indigenous with time. The power sector of India can be benefitted majorly with these kind joint ventures. However, on the issue of permanent membership in UN Security Council, unless United States agrees, it will be very difficult for India to enter the prestigious club. Moreover, China will fight tooth and nail to prevent India entering the Security Council.