The deputy chief of Russian parliament's upper house on Tuesday said Moscow intends to offer scholarship to Bangladesh students to study nuclear technology while Bangladesh's first nuclear plant was now being built with their assistance.
"Russian Government is keen to enhance the number of scholarships to the Bangladeshi students in the disciplines related to nuclear science," Bangladesh embassy in Moscow in a press release quoted him as saying during a meeting with a delegation of Jatiya Sangsad standing committee on foreign affairs led by Dr Dipu Moni late yesterday.
It said Council of the Federation of Federal Assembly's deputy head Ilyas Magomed-Salamovich Umakhanov told the Bangladesh delegation that Moscow intended to offer the stipends with the aim of building a pool of talent for operating nuclear power plants in Bangladesh.
Umakhanov's comments came as Moni described the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) to be a signature initiative in regard to Dhaka-Moscow ties also appreciating the progress of the project so far.
The former foreign minister leads the parliamentary standing committee delegation to its first ever visit to Russia while it was warmly received by the representatives of Russian parliament's upper house and the State Duma or lower house in the historic city of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Lawmakers Faruk Khan, Sohrabuddin, Selim Uddin, Razee Mohammad Fakhrul and Mehjabeen Khaled comprised the delegation also joined by Bangladesh Ambassador in Moscow Dr Saiful Hoque and other embassy officials.
The delegation also held officials talks yesterday with the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Council of Federation Konstantin Kosachev.
In the meetings, the delegation sought Moscow's support for Bangladesh campaign to obtain global recognition of March 25 as Genocide Day acknowledging the massacre of unarmed people by Pakistani troops in 1971.
Kosachev in particular affirmed her of taking up the matter with the members of the Council.
Moni recalled the crucial Russian, then USSR, supports for 1971 Liberation War and particularly paid tributes to several Russian servicemen who sacrificed their lives while clearing mines in the Chittagong Port as part of the post-war reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in Bangladesh.
She said in recognition of that Dhaka bestowed "Bangladesh Liberation War Honour" and the "Friends of Bangladesh Honour" to those Russian friends in 2012.
Moni termed Russia as a 'reliable partner' and highly appreciated the upward trajectory of bilateral relations, particularly since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Moscow visit in January 2013 and recalled Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's 1972 visit to lay basic foundation of bilateral relationship.
Moni also requested Russian authorities to reinstate the Bengali Service in Radio Moscow which was also noted by Kosachev with due importance, according to the press release.
Earlier the Bangladesh lawmakers paid an official trip to the Marrinsky Palace of the city of St.
Faruk Khan thanked the Council for their all out support in all the bilateral cooperation including that of Nuclear Power Plant. He congratulated the United Russian Party for winning in the last parliamentary election of the Russian Federation.
Moni expressed happiness at the volume increase in two-way trade, that crossed $ 1.5 billion in 2015-2016 and hope that economic cooperation would be further intensified in the future.
Both the sides expressed their deep satisfaction for mutual support at the UN and allied bodies. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the ongoing defense cooperation between the two countries.