Russia aid for Dhaka
Moscow, Jan. 15 (AP): Moscow will lend Bangladesh a total of $1.5 billion to help finance the building of a nuclear power station and buy Russian arms, report Russian news agencies.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed signed the deal at the Kremlin today.
Out of the $1.5 billion, $1 billion will fund the purchase of Russian arms while $500 million will be spent on the construction of a nuclear power station in Ruppur, 200km northwest of Dhaka, to be built by the Russian state atomic energy corporation.
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