Russia says ready to continue constructive partnership with new Bangladesh govt

Eurasia News

MOSCOW: Russia has said that it is ready to continue constructive partnership with the new Bangladesh government which will be formed soon after the recent parliamentary elections in the South Asian country, media reported on Saturday.

Russia confirms that it is ready to continue constructive partnership with a government, which will be formed soon,” a media report citing a Russian foreign ministry statement said.

“We hope that the authorities and the opposition will not go beyond the Constitution in order to ensure stability and strengthen democratic institutions in the country,” it added.

Earlier this month, the United States expressed disappointment over January 5 elections in Bangladesh which were marred by boycott and violence, saying the polls do not appear credible and encouraged fresh vote which is free‚ fair and peaceful.

In the Bangladesh elections held on January 5, ruling Awami League-led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina claimed a landslide win. However, the country’s main opposition party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), along with 20 other political parties boycotted the vote and termed it a scandalous farce.

At least 26 persons were killed and hundreds of polling stations were set on fire in the election-related violence in the South Asian nation, while at least four more persons were killed in post-election violence in the county.