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Dhaka to respond Moscow’s summoning Thursday

Published : 22 Feb 2023 09:56 PM

The foreign ministry has asked the Bangladesh mission in Russia to give details about the summoning of it's Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan in Moscow.

After getting the details, the foreign ministry will respond on Thursday, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam said on Wednesday when asked by the journalists.

On February 21, Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"During the conversation, we discussed the current state of Russian-Bangladeshi cooperation, a number of aspects of which are of serious concern to the Russian side. 

"In particular, they drew the attention of the head of the diplomatic mission to information about the decision of the authorities of his country to prohibit entry into their ports of Russian ships carrying cargo for Bangladesh. 

"This step does not correspond to the nature of traditionally friendly bilateral relations and may adversely affect the prospects for our cooperation in various fields," the Russian side said in a statement.

The state minister replying to a question at the foreign ministry said they were trying to get the details about the meeting with the ambassador.

"Bilateral meeting was also held during that time. Whenever voting and vetting was necessary in the wake of the Ukraine-Russia war, we always did it from our principled position. Another resolution is coming to the United Nations. However, we will respond tomorrow regarding yesterday's meeting," he said.

Earlier, in a briefing Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on February 17 said US was  forcing neutral countries to comply with anti-Russian sanctions.

"In an attempt to do as much damage as possible to Russia, the United States is increasingly forcing neutral countries to comply with anti-Russian sanctions," she said.

"We have learned that several dozen Russian vessels have been banned from calling at the ports of Bangladesh. We know that this unfriendly step was taken by the country’s authorities not at all on their own initiative but under the threat of secondary sanctions by the United States. Here is another example of this intimidation.

"We regret that this is not the first time that Dhaka has succumbed to Washington’s relentless pressure. By giving in to outright blackmail, it risks making the future of traditionally friendly Russia-Bangladesh relations contingent on the whims of a third country pursuing its own geopolitical goals.

"We expect the leadership of Bangladesh to find the strength to assert its national interests more resolutely. 

"It is undoubtedly in their interest to develop a mutually beneficial partnership with Russia, which has come to the country’s aid more than once in different periods of its history," the spokeswoman said.