Sri Lanka in Economic Crisis Calls on Russian President for Fuel Imports | Reuters

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is facing a serious economic crisis, said on July 6 that he had requested Russian President Vladimir Putin to help import fuel. Taken June 28 in Colombo (2022 Reuters / Dinuka Liyanawatte)

[Colombo, 6th Reuters]–Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is facing a serious economic crisis, said on Twitter on the 6th that he had requested Russian President Vladimir Putin to help import fuel.

In Sri Lanka, foreign currency has plummeted due to the effects of economic policy failures and the crisis of the new coronavirus. Imports of daily necessities have become difficult, and the shortage of medicines, food and fuel has become serious.

With gasoline and diesel inventories running out, the government has closed schools across the country and is demanding civil servants to work from home.

Rajapaksa posted that he “had a very productive video conference” with Putin. He also sought credit support to import fuel from Russia.

Sri Lanka has already purchased oil from Russia in the wake of the crisis and is eager to buy more.

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