The meeting between India and Russia scheduled for next month is expected to strengthen political relations between the two nations to ensure that India gets to be a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
The NSG is a group of countries with an aim to curb the increase of nuclear across the world by controlling equipment that is used to manufacture nuclear weapons.
The FreePress Journal reports that the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin comes amid a perceived political grandstanding to ensure that there is a global
political agreement between the two.
“While Russia is keen that India should pull out of cold storage the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with that country for developing Kudankulam 5 and 6 reactors in Tamil Nadu, India wants Russia to work harder on China to ensure that India gets the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which the latter has been blocking,” the journal reported.
Putin’s deputy Dmitry Rogozin met with Modi recently but reports suggest that the meeting did not produce an assurance on the MoU.
The FreePress Journal argues that Russia has been working closely with China on global issues.
“India boycotted the One Belt One Road summit hosted by China on sovereignty issues, Russia was an enthusiastic participant. India now feels that it is time to put Russia’s friendship with India to test. Both Russia
and India realise that without the MoU, there would be no real takeaway from the Putin-Modi summit,” the journal says.
The MoU between the two was meant to be signed last year at the 8th BRICS summit in Goa, India but it has been delayed until now.