SCO: Russia to push for India’s full membership

  • Russia is expected to push for India’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during the upcoming meeting it is hosting in July. India is currently an observer in the multilateral grouping.

About the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):

  • It is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of
    • China,
    • Kazakhstan,
    • Kyrgyzstan,
    • Russia,
    • Tajikistan,
    • Uzbekistan.
  • These countries, except for Uzbekistan, had been members of the Shanghai Five, founded in 1996; after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organisation.
  • The SCO is seen as a counter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
  • Its six full members account for 60% of the land mass of Eurasia and its population is a quarter of the world’s. With observer states included, its affiliates account for about half of the world’s population.
  • The SCO has established relations with the United Nations, where it is an observer in the General Assembly, the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.