India Expected to Join SCO
Speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament said in New Delhi after a meeting with the heads of both chambers of the Indian Parliament that Moscow will take all nessesary steps to help India to get full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the SCO summit.
"India is playing an active role in the SCO, but as an observer. Russia will take all the necessary steps to secure a positive decision on India's application for full membership at the Ufa summit," Sergei Naryshkin said.
The Eurasian political, economic and military alliance SCO was founded in 2001. Its members are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. At the same time India, Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan have status of observers.