Former President Maithripala Sirisena sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 5 seeking to resolve the controversy over the Aeroflot aircraft.
In the relevant letter, he requested that in the face of the current crisis in Sri Lanka, the Russian National Airlines, which is widely used by Russian tourists to visit Sri Lanka, should not be prevented from entering the country. If so, it would be a fatal blow to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and foreign exchange.
Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yuri Mestery delivered the President’s reply to President Maithripala Sirisena.
It was stated that the Russian government will soon discuss the contents of the letter with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and intervene to give a positive answer as expected. The Ambassador further stated that the oil crisis and the fertilizer issue could be considered very positively.
There is still no positive intervention on the part of the Sri Lankan side It was mentioned that if we work with more enthusiasm and commitment we can make a more active contribution in this regard.
The Ambassador discussed at length the 21st Amendment and the expected structure of the All-Party Government The importance of maintaining the friendship between the two countries without being damaged was explained.
He hoped that former President Maithripala Sirisena would intervene as soon as possible to reach an agreement between the Russian President and the government on the resumption of Aeroflot flights.