Russia announced that it has taken steps to provide eight large helicopters to Sri Lanka as a total donation; the Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Office said quoting visiting Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independence States-Russia Konstantin Kosachev when the visiting Russian envoy held talks with Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne in Gampola.
Russia, who has submitted a bid for obtaining the “Expo 2020” Exhibition for Russia, urged Sri Lanka’s support, to win this opportunity. Hundred and sixty two countries are competing for this exhibition. There are some Asian countries among them.
Prime Minister Jayaratne said that Sri Lanka is prepared to help Russia, if it requests for a help as the Russian Federation is a intimate friend of Sri Lanka. He added that Russia supported Sri Lanka at difficult stages in the 30 year long conflict. This support is clearly visible at the international level today, when Western countries accuse Sri Lanka on false human rights violations.