Nuclear MoU with Russia in jeopardy over India’s NSG push
In a push to gain support for its membership to the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India has reportedly warned Russia of stalling co-operation between the two countries for developing the Kudankulam 5 and 6 reactor units, reported Times of India.
The development comes after India and Russia reviewed their bilateral cooperation last week ahead of the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 1.
According to the report, India has threatened to put on hold an MoU with Russia for developing the Kudankulam reactor units, prompting Moscow to think that New Delhi wants them to work more proactively for India’s NSG membership.
The MoU was reportedly supposed to have been signed on the sidelines of the Brics summit in Goa last year. India is believed to have conveyed that without becoming a full member of NSG, India would have to instead opt for an indigenous nuclear energy programme. Hence, it reportedly wanted Russia to convince China to let go of its opposition to India’s NSG membership.
In August 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had jointly dedicated to the nation the 1,000 MW …read more