President says will request Putin to withdraw tea ban

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President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he would make an official request from Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw the temporary ban on Sri Lanka tea imports.

The Russian Federation on Thursday announced that tea imports from Sri Lanka had been banned due to the detection of a single specimen of the agricultural pest, the beetle Trogoderma Granarium in the packaging material of a consignment of tea shipped from Sri Lanka.

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  • dhammika Sunday, 17 December 2017 02:59 PM

    Thank you Hon . President , you are working for the people of our country Sri Lanka.

    RDF Sunday, 17 December 2017 05:38 PM

    Or ask him to allow an occasional KURUMINIYA to be included in as a new flavor.Tighten up quality control president and improve standard than grovel at the feet of others.

    bushel_perera Sunday, 17 December 2017 03:36 PM

    Machan Putin, can you please lift that ban on tea ... will meet later.. ok bye machan..

    michael Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:11 PM

    Because u bought the navel ship does it mean Putin is going 2 act like MahaaaaRajaaahas ? to dance to our tune. They protect their country.

    We need a Putin Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:41 PM

    I dont think Putin will listen to you. He is a league of his own.

    Rohan Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:55 PM

    Is he thinks that advance countries work on someone's phone call to change decisions made by their authorities as it does in his country under his authority? What a shame for Sri Lanka if he try to influence a supreme world leader like Putin?

    Sunil Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:15 PM

    So why does Navin Dissanayake need to go to Russia wasting millions of tax payers money?

    beetle Sunday, 17 December 2017 11:49 PM

    because he wants to go on a holiday.

    Dp Monday, 18 December 2017 08:09 PM

    The devotion to send navin is very good.he is an expert in kuruminiyas

    Saman Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:38 PM

    Mr. President you are mistaken. You can't buy Putin like you do to buy MPs from opposition.

    concern Sunday, 17 December 2017 07:10 PM

    First fix the issue that caused the problem.

    Wise Donkey Sunday, 17 December 2017 07:15 PM

    Damage is done globally, this is now a hot news internationally. Exported of this lot should be banned from exporting tea.

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Sunday, 17 December 2017 08:29 PM

    Did remember all our country men remember the Russian Ambassador in Sri Lanka made press released supporting SAITM management. But our government took decision against SAITM management. Russians waited for their time,

    Tinkiriya Sunday, 17 December 2017 08:34 PM

    This is one 'SIRRA' accomplishment no? The MI6 and CIA have tried to bug the Russian's for years and they all failed. But ours got that close and nearly made it into to the Kremlin's cup.

    Justica USA... Sunday, 17 December 2017 08:36 PM

    Putin will tell Prez through Navin to instruct our exporters to PUT-IN more kuruminiyas..NO.. ..he will not jeapordize the lives of his countrymen.

    real solution Monday, 18 December 2017 02:44 AM

    Mr. President, only way to solve the problem is to bring back all the insects that left the country with the tea.

    kakopappa Monday, 18 December 2017 08:35 AM

    Looks like a political move. May be russia wants something back in return to lift the ban. Likely something related to USA and China

    Jude Monday, 18 December 2017 09:21 AM

    Hey MS if you want anything done from Putin, well just ask his buddy Donald Trump, he'll get it done!!!

    Sincere Monday, 18 December 2017 09:30 AM

    Next we can say, Sir, there is a kuruminiya in the ship you supplied, so we will not buy it.

    daham Monday, 18 December 2017 09:46 AM

    At least now this government take a decision to stop tilting towards US. The neutral Foreign Policy should be followed if our country need to be benefited.

    KingBarnet@pakistan Monday, 18 December 2017 10:49 AM

    Technical convincing needed more than political intervention.

    Lawry Monday, 18 December 2017 10:51 AM

    Why should he not call Trump and ask him to mediate with Putin?

    Rasheed Monday, 18 December 2017 10:52 AM

    Speak to Putin and find out the culprit who exported without proper quality control. Black list and impose heavy fine on them for spoiling our export market.

    Don Corllione Monday, 18 December 2017 10:54 AM

    Is this a good lesson for those mega rich tea traders who exploit tea plucked?

    DillonDP Monday, 18 December 2017 10:56 AM

    well i think you should fire the minister of plantation over this matter.

    daham Monday, 18 December 2017 03:03 PM

    Whole government is failed. Day by day it is being proved.

    Joe Monday, 18 December 2017 09:08 PM

    Mr. Prez, you always plan, hope, wish, expect to do certain things, but nothing has been done yet.Have you studied politics?

    Gayan Monday, 18 December 2017 09:28 PM

    No point you writing a letter. Mr Putin does not understand sinhalese.


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