Russia seeks support of Bangladesh in its fight against international terrorism as Russia favours a broad and effective anti-terrorist front to deal with the global problem.
“We look forward to it gaining more and more supporters. Bangladesh, of course, is one such a country,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, reports UNB quoting AP on Saturday.
He said Bangladesh and Russia share a common view about the ‘lack of an alternative’ to harmonising the efforts of all countries in fighting international terrorism.
“As you’re aware, at one time President Putin advanced a relevant initiative to form a broad anti-terrorist front. Since then, its relevance has only increased,” the Russian Foreign Minister said at a joint news conference in Moscow following talks with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday.
In December 2015, Vladimir Putin called for a broad international front against terrorism and accused Turkey of trading oil with the Islamic State group.
Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address televised live, Putin called for an end to what he called double standards that hampered uniting global efforts in fighting terrorism, according to an AP report.
Russia termed Bangladesh their reliable partner in South Asia. In January, Bangladesh and Russia marked the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The two countries examined the current state of and prospects for cooperation and mutual interest in building political dialogue, and trade and economic ties are clearly there, according to Russian Foreign Ministry.
As of the end of 2016, the two countries had a record-high trade turnover, just like the year before, which exceeded $1.4 billion.
Notably, the bulk of Russian exports are engineering products. Bangladesh is also a major importer of Russian wheat.