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No room for true diplomacy due to Western meddling: Russia

Published : 07 Jun 2022 11:33 PM | Updated : 08 Jun 2022 03:18 PM

Russian Ambassador in Dhaka Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy on Tuesday said that at the moment “there is no place for true diplomacy, as Western countries keep pumping Ukraine with razor-edge weapons".

He said their diplomats vehemently demand Russian defeat in the battlefield calling upon Ukraine to fight till the last Ukrainian.

The ambassador was speaking at the 4th CPS international seminar on “Importance of Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution: The Current War between Russia and Ukraine” held at the North South University (NSU).

The Center for Peace Studies (CPS) of SIPG, NSU, organised the seminar.

“As far as the contacts with the Ukrainian are concerned, we have never refused to talk, as evidenced from the meetings in Belarus and Turkey,” added the ambassador.

“However, for these meetings to be fruitful, it requires a constructive position from Kiev which presently is nowhere in sight. Moreover, the Ukrainian patrons in Europe and the US seem to bar Kiev from having any substantive interaction with Moscow, which makes all the efforts futile”.

He also said that, for Moscow, diplomacy has always been the first choice. Their doors remain open for all faithful efforts, but it needs more than one party to negotiate. It also requires an ability to conduct a respectful dialogue, to be open minded and responsive towards aspirations and sensitivity of the other side. but these prerequisites are absent. 

Mustafa Osman Turan, Ambassador of Turkey to Bangladesh, former foreign secretary Shahidul Haque, Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff, Director of the Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany and Professor Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor in Security Studies, The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). Professor M. Ismail Hossain, Pro Vice-Chancellor of NSU spoke at the seminar.