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PM Modi speaks to Russian president as China looks to delay NSG bid

A statement by Kremlin has said that phone call on Saturday was at Modi's behest

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Publish Date: Jun 13 2016 1:02PM | Updated Date: Jun 13 2016 1:02PM

PM Modi speaks to Russian president as China looks to delay NSG bid

 As tempo rises on NSG  question, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on phone on Saturday, a report in ‘The Times of India’ has said.

 
Russia has supported India’s global ambitions from the UNSC to the nuclear pact, though Modi's diplomatic focus has been on the US .
 
A statement by Kremlin has said that phone call on Saturday was at Modi's behest. 
 
"The leaders confirmed their intention to continue comprehensive deepening of bilateral relations, which have the character of a very privileged strategic partnership," it said.
 
Both leaders are also scheduled to meet soon. "The discussion focused on practical issues of the two countries' cooperation, including preparations for the top-level contacts to be held shortly," the statement added.
 
The PM is likely meet several world leaders before the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping, possibly on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Tashkent.
 
But official Chinese position only seems to have hardened against India's bid. 
 
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Sunday said that there was no deliberation on any items related to the accession to the NSG by India or any other nations  that are not signatories to the 
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
 
He also added China continues to opine that the group should have full discussions before coming into consensus and making decisions based on agreement.
 
Currently, Chinese move appears to be to delay the entire NSG process until next year.
 
In due course, Chinese decision on whether to support India or not will depend on one factor , that is how much China values the India relationship.