Hasina talks nuke plants with Putin
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation from Russia to set up new power plants and repair the old ones.
She was holding bilateral talks with her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at his St Petersburg residence.
Later, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told journalists both the leaders talked about the proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
Hasina said more than 40 percent power plants in Bangladesh had been constructed by the assistance of the Russian government.
She also expressed her willingness to sign a long-term agreement on food grains and fertiliser.
Putin said the issues of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and long-term agreement on food grains and fertiliser would be discussed at the earliest.
Hasina invited the Russian premier to visit Bangladesh. Putin accepted the invitation.
The prime minister paid glowing tributes to the 40 Russian soldiers who died while de-mining the Chittagong Port after Liberation war, 1971.
Hasina expressed her gratitude to the Russian government for their support during the war.
She also sought cooperation from the Russian government for training of the defence personnel and in gas exploration. Hasina said Russia and Bangladesh are working together against terrorism.