Russia not opposed to Pakistan’s Nuclear Suppliers Group candidature
Pakistan seeks to maintain strategic stability in South Asia by having credible deterrence, said Pakistan’s former permanent representative to Conference on Disarmament and United Nations in Geneva Amb ® Zamir Akram.
Mr Pavel Didkovsky, First Secretary at Russian Embassy, underlined the possibility of a criteria based approach for inclusion of non-NPT states in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). He said Russia along with China and others were working for a formula that could be acceptable to all.
Mr Didkovsky said Russia was not opposed to Pakistan’s NSG candidature and had no intension to block it. He praised steps taken by Pakistan for strengthening its national export control program that complied with the spirit of international regimes and conventions. He also acknowledged the efforts undertaken by Pakistan 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.