India’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will enhance this organization’s potential in the area of regional security, Sergei Luzyanin, deputy director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies, said on Friday.
“The biggest challenge of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the nearest future will be the one coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014,” he said. “India’s membership in the SCO would help withstand this challenge.”
According to Luzyanin, India’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization would spur up economic growth within the organization. “Today, the SCO’s economic performance is not satisfactory, it is far behind the potential of its member states,” the expert noted. “If India integrates into the process, the SCO’s economic development will speed up.”
“I think India’s accession of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a question of medium-term perspective. NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan might accelerate this process,” he added.
MOSCOW, October 11 (Itar-Tass)