Russia's first Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, tipped to succeed President Vladimir Putin next March, has backed India's aspirations for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, though calling for its expansion on the basis of a consensus.
"Moscow supports India and Germany as candidates for UN Security Council's permanent members," Ivanov told the leaders of youth organizations in Moscow on Thursday.
He, however, said the issue of reforming the UN Security Council should be decided on the basis of a consensus, without dictating any solutions.
"The question of reforming the UN Security Council has been on the agenda for long. That a consensus has not been found to this day is no fault of ours," Ivanov said.
India along with Brazil, Germany and Japan are members of Group-Four countries seeking permanent berth in the UNSC, opposed mainly by Pakistan, Italy and Argentina.
Ivanov pointed that the UN is often criticised as an ineffective organisation but there is no other alternative to such a platform.
Putting the blame for the controversy over the reform process on the members, Ivanov said, "Dictating solutions and creating tensions would be wrong on the issue of the UNSC expansion."