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Russia will back NSG for N-cooperation with India

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October 19, 2005 10:37 IST

Russia has indicated its willingness to back United States' amendments to Nuclear Suppliers Group guidelines, upholding the idea of enlarging civilian nuclear cooperation with India, a Russian foreign ministry expert has said.

"Russia upholds the idea of enlarging cooperation with India in the sphere of atomic energy," Alexander Shilin, a Russian foreign ministry expert from the Department of Security and Disarmament said at a seminar on Tuesday.

"The US has suggested three variants of amendments to Nuclear Suppliers Group Initial Elements. These amendments will be considered by Russia and other NSG member countries shortly," Shilin said at the seminar organised by Moscow-based non-proliferation think tank, PIR Centre.

On the eve of his India visit last week, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov had said that the NSG guidelines need to be amended so as to meet India's energy needs.

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