A Lecture on “Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty- First Century”

Date: 25 May 2010

Expand ties in areas of energy, agriculture, transportation (Published in The Daily Star, May 26, 2010)

Speakers urge Bangladesh, Russia

Staff Correspondent

The bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Russia can deepen in the areas of energy, agriculture and transportation, speakers said yesterday during a lecture in the capital.

Bangladesh Enterprise Institute organised the lecture on Russian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century at its premises at Gulshan in the capital.
Trade, ICT, energy and power are the areas where Bangladesh-Russia relationship can move further, said Gennady P Trotsenko, ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bangladesh.

The relationship has good prospects for cooperation in the filed of atomic energy, exploration and production of gas, agriculture and mutual supplies of food, said Dr Andrey V Vorobev, deputy head of the department of press and information, ministry of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation.

“Energy, agriculture and transportation sectors in Bangladesh are the areas for long-term joint venture investment,” said Vorobev, who delivered the lecture.

Apart from recent Bangladesh-Russia treaty on nuclear power plant, the two countries have an active relationship, said Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, foreign secretary, as the chief guest.

Barrister Harun ur Rashid, a former ambassador, said that Russia needs to engage itself more in South Asia in the present context of international relationship.

Focusing on the nature of Russian foreign policy in the West, US, Middle East and South Asia, Vorobev said that it is extremely important to agree on the common rules of the game that are understandable to all.

“We dislike the ambition of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to act as a substitute for the United Nations,” said Vorobev.

Responding to the criticism on Russia’s contacts with the Hamas and the Middle East policy, he said Russia believes that a sustainable and united

Palestine is never possible without this organisation.

Barrister Rashid also said, “Russia should pursue a nuclear-weapon free zone in the Middle East in its foreign policy.”

Dr Akmal Hossain of Dhaka University among others spoke while Mostafa Faruque Mohammed MP, a former ambassador to the Russian Federation, chaired the event.