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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.

This was revealed when the visiting Russian envoy held talks with Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne at his house in Gampola.

Russia, which has submitted a bid for obtaining “Expo 2020” Exhibition to Russia also urged Sri Lanka’s support for the same. He told that they are not prepared to give up that opportunity at any cost as their country owns one of the stable economies in the world. To win this opportunity the vote of Sri Lanka is very important to them. Hundred and sixty two countries are competing for this exhibition. There are some Asian countries among them.

Russia expects to conduct this exhibition in a city which links Asian and European countries. This would provide a preferential situation to Sri Lanka as well. This would immensely important to enhance the tourism in Sri Lanka. Russia expects around twenty million people for this exhibition from local and foreign countries. The estimated income of this exhibition is USD 200 million. Head of the Federal Agency stated that this would help Sri Lanka to meet its goal of attracting one million tourists to visit Sri Lanka and he promised to arrange special programme for this target, Mr. Kosachev.

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. United Soviet Socialist Republic as well as the Russian Federation assisted Sri Lanka financially and institutionally to uplift the economic and political stability in the country. He added that Russia volunteered dedicatedly to support Sri Lanka at difficult stages in defeating the 30 year long war and this support is clearly visible at international level today. When some Western countries including USA accuse Sri Lanka on false human rights violations Russia and China came forward to mitigate such allegations, the statement added.

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  • Mangala Sunday, 19 May 2013 06:02 PM

    Yes, because they are not from US.

    Maha Rajanani Monday, 20 May 2013 04:11 PM

    don't expect all for nothing, be satisfied with what we go mate.,

    Maha Rajanani Monday, 20 May 2013 04:09 PM

    don't expect all for nothing..lol.

    Fayad Monday, 20 May 2013 10:33 AM

    Will the spear parts be more expensive than helicopters ?

    Roshan Monday, 20 May 2013 09:09 AM

    Make sure they are good to fly, not to keep grounded.-roshan

    IOSirisena Monday, 20 May 2013 08:08 AM

    what a thing to hope Dammika? Are you human?

    IOSirisena Monday, 20 May 2013 08:08 AM

    no but spares are available in panchikawatta.

    IOSirisena Monday, 20 May 2013 08:07 AM

    are you eagerly awaiting such news? are you human?

    Viewer Monday, 20 May 2013 06:00 AM

    "Hundred and sixty two countries are competing for this exhibition. There are some Asian countries among them."
    Can India and China among those ? Are we asking for more confusions ?

    bart simpson Monday, 20 May 2013 05:03 AM

    they are still flying and did great service during war effort.

    zara Sunday, 19 May 2013 12:00 AM

    wow! via DM Android App

    ghousem Sunday, 19 May 2013 05:17 PM

    UAE- Dubai is also expecting to host Expo 2020, so it will also expect Sri Lanka's vote on this. I hope the helicopers are not scrape and Russia is not dumping them in Sri Lanka.

    Dammika Sunday, 19 May 2013 04:24 PM

    Hope pieces will fall off and hurt our valuable air force officers life's There are no free meals in this world

    Sagarika Sunday, 19 May 2013 03:55 PM

    are these with spare parts?

    Damith Sunday, 19 May 2013 03:24 PM

    Thank you Russia. Sri Lanka will always stand by you.

    Douglas Sunday, 19 May 2013 03:17 PM

    Russia always our good friend.

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 19 May 2013 03:16 PM

    Are they in working condition? We can remember what happened to Antanovs brought down during CBK period.

    harendra Sunday, 19 May 2013 03:02 PM

    pls don't accept these helicoptors. . Most Russian arm equepments very old .Specially they donate to foreign thirrd world countries. Think how many Antanow flights fallen during past times and we lost our war heros. I kindly suggest His excellency priminister would keep these helicoptors for his personal and family members loved ones to keep for their personal use.

    shihab Sunday, 19 May 2013 02:19 PM

    Maybe the scraped ones with danger,later we can hear some disasters .

    uh Sunday, 19 May 2013 12:00 AM

    at this point in time 8 Rolls Royce would have been a better bet! then 'we. all' could go in it!!! pun intended!!! via DM Android App


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