Some Bangladeshi media echo West’s anti-Russia campaign: Russian Ambassador

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Alexander V Mantytsky. Photo: Collected

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Alexander V Mantytsky. Photo: Collected

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander V Mantytskiy has criticized parts of the Bangladeshi media for what he called a “skewed approach” in their coverage of the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s actions there.

He described it as “deliberate efforts” to damage Dhaka-Moscow relations.

“I consider the biased approach of some Bangladeshi media to the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s actions there to be the result of deliberate efforts by those forces which have always sought to undermine mutually beneficial cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, which began 50 years ago,” he said in an open letter to editors of print and broadcast media, as well as heads of radio and television channels in Bangladesh today.

The Ambassador referred to 1971 when the Bangladeshis overthrew – with the active support of India and the then USSR – the regime of non-Bengali oppressors.

He said the Russian-speaking people of Donbass in eastern Ukraine had been fighting for the same rights for eight years while suffering from the “genocide unleashed by the Kiev regime”.

Now is the time for Russia to come to the rescue again, for the same cause, to secure the right to speak the mother tongue and end discrimination based on language, the Russian envoy said.

“I hope that through my open letter your readers will be able to get acquainted with another point of view on the developments around Ukraine,” the ambassador said.

Against the backdrop of the “anti-Russian campaign and blatant Russo-phobic hysteria” by Western mainstream media, the ambassador said some Bangladeshi newspapers and broadcasters “have widely picked up and aired it”.

He said his letter to the editors was an effort to once again explain to Bangladeshi readers the aims and tasks behind Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.

According to the Russian ambassador, the objectives are: to protect Russian-speaking civilians in Ukraine subjected to the “genocide by the Kiev regime” for eight years; eliminate “neo-fascism”; prevent the development of nuclear weapons in Ukraine; and to stop the deployment of NATO military bases in Ukraine.

The tasks, according to him, are: to demilitarize and liberate Ukraine from Nazi ideology; put an end to the neo-fascism that emerged in Ukraine after being defeated in the Great Patriotic War; eliminate military threats on the border of the Russian Federation; disarming aggressive entities of Ukraine, posing a threat to peaceful coexistence; and to identify and punish persons who have committed crimes against the civilian population of Ukraine and citizens of the Russian Federation through legal proceedings before the courts of the Russian Federation.

“We do not plan to occupy Ukrainian territory. We are not at war with the Ukrainian people. We do not intend to impose anything on anyone by force. We have repeatedly explained that the situation in Ukraine has developed in such a way that it has become a direct threat to the security of Russia,” Ambassador Mantytskiy said.

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