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The Western media outlets are biased when reporting humanitarian issues as in the instance of Sri Lanka, choosing to report only one side of the story which suits their agendas and motives, Russian Ambassador for Sri Lanka Vladimir P. Mikhaylov said

He said the Western media did not have a uniform approach to humanitarian situations around the world but choose only one side of the story which suited their agendas and motives while being biased in their reporting.

The Russian Ambassador was speaking at an event held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Soviet Pilot and Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin’s journey into outer space, held in Ambulwawa organized by Prime Minster D. M. Jayaratne on Monday.

The Ambassador also said they were prejudicial and focusing on Sri Lanka when other major humanitarian issues were prevailing elsewhere.

The Ambassador stated that the United Nations had a responsibility to assist Sri Lanka to heal its wounds and reconcile from the 30 year civil war, rather than worsen the situation going forward.

The Sri Lanka government has appointed a committee to learn from the past mistakes and to take steps to reconcile, the government should be allowed to take its course in the reconciliation process, Ambassador Mikhaylov said.

The Sri Lankan government and armed forces have always acted in a manner to protect civilians and I have seen the affects Sri Lanka faced due to the terrorism in the past few years, he added.

The Ambassador added that Russia was happy to assist Sri Lanka in its initiative in eradicating terrorism in the island and that the Sri Lankan government and leaders always served and took steps to safe guard its people.

  Comments - 54

  • Ranil Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:24 AM

    Dear commenters, keep bowing to those who toe your line and demonizing those who dont. Surely we intend to go to Russia's aid when they need us, dont we? Just like we took Gaddhafi's money and ditched him when he called for help? Keep up the double standards.

    wasantha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:10 AM

    you don't have power but words.........

    Darwin Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:08 AM

    What about the Russian media?

    M-J Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:08 AM

    yes you n tiger sympathising west...

    ###Sri Lankan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:17 AM

    Yes my friend, we saw how thick the smoke was, and how light the fire was when LTTE fired claymore bombs on innocent civilians including infants. Hope you know the meaning of that.

    Saman Withana Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:23 AM

    Well said sir.. Thats the truth tha anyone cant hide. LTTE supporters STOP going against SL... work hard to build the motherland Sri Lanka.

    Rajitha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:23 AM

    yes a similar thing happened in Chechnya where the Russians fought a war to liberate Chechnya from the hands of a ruthless group of terrorists.

    yet you have to admit, that it's totally different from Vietnam, Hiroshima, Iraq or what's happening now in Libya.

    Wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:30 AM

    idiot, Is he afraid of MR ? He saw the real situation in Sri Lanka BEING IN SRI LANKA, not like UN puppets in west. They don't know where is Sri Lanka in the map even !!

    Ind Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:32 AM

    You better remove you glass and see. Now you can live without any fear in any part of the country. Don't you ?

    Ind Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:33 AM

    Past 30 years also you all has those sweet dreams.

    Ind Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:33 AM

    Exactly !

    Ind Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:36 AM

    It's same in UN too !! US, UK, all killers in one group. Just count how many were killed from 2nd WW till today. Any inquiry for Hiroshima/Nagasaki incident ( almost 300,000) and Iraq its over 1,000,000 any inquiry taken place ??

    Rasika Alwis Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:28 AM

    Thank you Sir. In Sri Lanka too different media organizations have different agendas

    TMA Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:19 AM

    What ab't Georgia? Have U 4gotten that

    M-J Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:06 AM

    you wait..wait ..wait.. n see until end of the world...

    hrm Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:23 AM

    well who said Robert Blake is not a puppet? all the US diplomats acts the same way. U should not try to white wash either on US or Russia. But the scale gets much heavy on US side when we talk about HR violations which they have done in a VERY DIPLOMATIC way.

    Jack Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:28 AM

    Sooner or later all western countries who contributed for kilings of millions of civilians in developing/underdeveloped countries over the past 100 years should pay back the cost of such lives.

    I salute Russian ambassador for his bravery & honest statement in supporting Mother Sri Lanka

    Common Man Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:43 AM

    You are Spot on Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, thanks.

    kapila Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:45 AM

    well said sir.... you are a true friend

    TMA Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:53 AM

    Did I hear sum1 say Afganistan. There was a foreign killer in in Afganistan B4 USA

    Lal. Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:43 AM

    Well done ambassador, I wonder whether you have read the whole UN report, before you comment on it. Please do not go according to hear say.

    prasan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:19 AM

    Thank you Sir, let Asians sort out their problems amicably no need vultures from Atlantic/Pacific.

    super star Tuesday, 26 April 2011 09:33 AM


    xlntgson Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:21 AM

    Chechnians are not his own people, they are different, but all Tamils are Sri Lankans!

    Roshan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:50 AM

    Whether they are your own people or not, killing of civilains are crime.

    sinha Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:40 PM

    Thank you Russia, A true friend

    Ram Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:51 AM

    Sri Lanka has known for a considerable time who it's true friends are. They are not the ones who carry out illegal wars, invasions, bombings abroad.
    The nation must be sanitized of the unnecessary NGOs which serve not the Sri Lankans but a foreign agenda.

    wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:41 AM

    Ambassador please put your house in order before trying to preach the Gospel truth!

    Musthafa Monday, 25 April 2011 09:59 PM

    Thank you sir!!!!!

    raju Monday, 25 April 2011 10:08 PM

    rubbish, you did the same thing for your own people in chesniya.

    Guru Monday, 25 April 2011 10:20 PM

    Vladimir, you should come to reality and not tell things out of the blue. There is no smoke without fire. Hope you know the meaning of this.

    dSilva Monday, 25 April 2011 10:24 PM

    whats western media got to do with this? It's the Sri Lankan news paper who is publishing the extracts from the UN Panel's report

    cracko Monday, 25 April 2011 10:11 PM

    He is in SL. He has to say nice words to please SLankans.

    Suranimala Monday, 25 April 2011 10:18 PM

    Only the western media is bias but not the Russian media?

    PP Monday, 25 April 2011 11:09 PM

    well said ! SL will save you when similar come to you

    Yuri Monday, 25 April 2011 10:56 PM

    all you have to wait until NATO finish the Job in Libya, next will be Sunthara Lanka

    Louisa Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:17 AM

    Well said Mr Ambassador. A democratically elected Government is responsible to safeguard its people NOT terrorists who kills innocent civilians and children.

    The Judge Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:57 AM

    WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN YOUR ACTIONS IN CHECHNYA. Birds of the same feather flock together.

    SL Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:18 AM

    Dream on pal.. dream on....

    umesh Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:28 AM

    understand the main difference ,western media biased on external afairs.

    ranjith Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:37 AM


    Thanks for your support, use your power of veto to stop the second term of Ban

    david Monday, 25 April 2011 09:42 PM

    Looks like he is high all the time.

    wara Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:44 AM

    even if NATO doesn't turn up, the dead peoples curse is stronger!

    Fayad Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:00 AM

    Very True !!!

    Jay Ranaweera Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:35 AM

    yes, he is not a fool like u.

    Lankan Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:39 AM

    Do you expect every one to act like you in an inhuman way?

    nizam Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:45 AM

    Terrorists and state terrorists kill civilians. That is the point of UN

    kenny_fdo Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:35 AM

    As long as they don't put what we like to hear they would be biased. way to go

    Dimuth Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:41 AM

    Well said Your Excellency!

    lankaman Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:58 AM

    We finished the LTTE. NATO is nothing for us

    Raj Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:01 AM

    Birds of a feather flock together!. in this case the Russian and the Sri Lankan government are in the same boat. Chechnya is best example, and the invasion of Georgia (what if India invades

    Raj Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:01 AM

    Birds of a feather flock together!. in this case the Russian and the Sri Lankan government are in the same boat. Chechnya is best example, and the invasion of Georgia.

    John Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:59 AM

    are you also talking about you state run media as well as SL state run media???

    M-J Tuesday, 26 April 2011 04:05 AM

    NO ..ROBERT BLAKE DIDN'T DO THAT...this guy is telling truth...

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