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Dont want to be dragged into their problem: Momen on US, Russia statements on BD

Published : Monday, 18 December, 2023 at 12:00 AM  Count : 277

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has refused to make any comment over Russians or US saying that "We don want to be dragged into any problem."

He made this comment while a reporter referred to the Russias latest remarks, "If the results of the peoples will are not satisfactory to the United States, attempts to further destabilize the situation in Bangladesh along the lines of the Arab Spring are likely."

Foreign Minister was delivering his speech at a function at the Foreign Secretarys Academy on Sunday marking the Independence Day 16 December.

Momen said Bangladesh is maintaining a balanced foreign policy and it is going to hold a free and fair election on January 7 next year. "Rest, I don know."

On Friday (December 15, 2023), Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had said the United States is planning a series of events to destabilize the situation in Bangladesh after the January 7 elections.

"If the results of the peoples will are not satisfactory to the United States, attempts to further destabilize the situation in Bangladesh along the lines of the Arab Spring are likely," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson MV Zakharova said in a statement on Friday "in connection with the danger of destabilization of the situation in Bangladesh".

The Arab Spring or the First Arab Spring was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in Tunisia in response to corruption and economic stagnation.

"There are serious reasons to fear that in the coming weeks, an even broader arsenal of pressure tactics, including sanctions, may be used against the Bangladesh government, which is unfavourable to the West," she said.

"In the event of US dissatisfaction with the results of the peoples vote, attempts at further destabilisation of the situation in Bangladesh along the lines of the "Arab Spring" are likely." Zakharova continued in her statement.

Meanwhile, when the issue was brought up before the foreign minister, the Foreign Minister said he did not see any scope of such a thing happening.

"We are a democratic country. You must agree with me that Bangladeshs democracy has been strengthened due to Sheikh Hasina. We will maintain this democratic process," he said.

Momen said Bangladesh can manage disruptive activities like vandalism and arson attacks.
 
"We can overcome those. Some evil forces who don believe in democracy are trying to foil the democratic process."

The Russian official said: "On December 12-13, in a number of areas of Bangladesh, opponents of the current government blocked road traffic, burned buses, and clashed with the police.

"We see a direct connection between these events and the inflammatory activity of Western diplomatic missions in Dhaka. In particular, US Ambassador P Haas, which we already discussed at the briefing on November 22.

"There are serious reasons to fear that in the coming weeks an even wider arsenal of pressure, including sanctions, may be used against the government of Bangladesh, which is undesirable to the West.

"Key industries may come under attack, as well as a number of officials who will be accused without evidence of obstructing the democratic will of citizens in the upcoming parliamentary elections on January 7, 2024," read the statement.

She added: "Unfortunately, there is little chance that Washington will come to its senses and refrain from yet another gross interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

"We are confident, however, that despite all the machinations of external forces, the issue of power in Bangladesh will ultimately be decided by the friendly people of this country, and no one else."







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