“We told Russia
that they can send us cargo through any of their vessels except 69 ships that
are under (US) sanction,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters
The Russian flag
carrier — Sparta III — was scheduled to dock at Bangladesh’s southwestern
Mongla port on December 24 to unload the cargo, but Dhaka denied its docking as
the vessel reached its territorial waters in Bay of Bengal.
“It is surprising
that Russia changed the name of a ship. We didn’t expect it. Now, we expect
Russia to send non-sanctioned ships,” Momen said.
“We don’t want to
accept those (Russian) ships which are under (the US) sanctions. We have developed good relations with the
US,” he added.