Russia supports Pakistan’s bid to join elite nuclear trading club

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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.

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