The Russian ship under the US embargo could not even enter the port of India. Finally after 14 days of waiting at Haldia port in West Bengal

The vessel left Indian waters without discharging the cargo.

The ship was carrying cargo from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

In the last week of December, BBC Bangla published a report that the Russian ship Rooppur, which was not allowed to enter Bangladesh’s Mongla port, is waiting to enter India’s Haldia port with equipment.

According to the news published on January 4, the goods of Rooppur nuclear power plant brought by Russian ships, which are on the US sanctions list, will be discharged at Haldia port in India. Later, the agent will send the product to Bangladesh by road from there. The Bangladesh government did not allow the Russian ship, which had changed its name and color, to enter the port of Mongla due to the objection of the United States as it was originally under sanctions. Since India does not comply with the US ban on Russian shipping (which was the previous position), arrangements are being made to bring Bangladesh nuclear power plant cargo into the country using Haldia port in India. According to global ship tracking website Marine Traffic, the Russian-flagged vessel was in the Lower Auckland Channel in the Bay of Bengal on the morning of January 3. Earlier, the ship was seen floating deep in the Bay of Bengal for several days. A Haldia Port Trust source (at the time) told the BBC that the ship was expected to arrive at the port in the next 48 to 72 hours, depending on how fog conditions persisted in the channel. Quoting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, the BBC said that the government would have no objection if any Russian ship under the US sanctions entered Indian ports.

In the end the ship had to turn back due to lack of permission from Delhi, although there was a signal to proceed to Haldia. A shipping ministry official said Delhi may have changed its mind after US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu’s visit.

Russia had requested both Bangladesh and India to accept the ship under the sanctions. If not, there was a threat of ruining Moscow’s relationship with Dhaka.

Earlier, the spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said that their position regarding the US sanctions is the same as before. He said, “If the Russian ship is crowded or coming to a port in India, then that is it.”

The Russian-flagged ship was scheduled to arrive at Mongla port on December 24, but before that, Bangladesh’s foreign ministry came to know on December 20 that the ship was US-sanctioned ‘Sparta 3’. The US Embassy in Dhaka informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a letter.

According to the letter of the US Embassy, ​​the loading and unloading of goods, fuel supply, and any kind of cooperation with the ship’s sailors on the ship listed in the US sanctions will create the risk of falling under the US sanctions of that country or facing large financial penalties.

After receiving this letter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh reported the matter to the Ministry of Shipping, and the Ministry canceled the previous permission for the ship to arrive at the port of Bangladesh. In this regard, Russia has issued a diplomatic letter to Bangladesh, in which anger has been expressed. Moscow also put a lot of pressure on Bangladesh to allow the ship to arrive. But Dhaka did not agree to that and forced the ship to return.

(January 19/FA)