President’s letter delivered to Putin

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By Kelum Bandara  

Sri Lanka Embassy in Russia forwarded to the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin the letter sent by Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena asking for lifting the restriction imposed on tea exports from here, Ambassador Saman Weerasinghe said yesterday.

  The Ambassador told Daily Mirror that a technical delegation from the Sri Lanka Tea Board was scheduled to visit Moscow on December 27 and 28 to conduct negotiations with the Russian authorities regarding the matter. 

 

A technical delegation from the SL Tea Board was scheduled to visit Moscow on December 27 and 28

 
He said he, along with the embassy officials, visited he Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and met with the Deputy Head of the Service Julia Shvabauskene.   


“Negotiations were very fruitful. At the meeting, the Russian side informed that they’re waiting for a Sri Lankan delegation to arrive to proceed with resolving of the Ceylon tea imports restrictions issue and requested a report from the Plant Quarantine Service of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow obtained the document from Sri Lanka and forwarded to the Russian authority later on the same day. Also, it was pointed out by the Russian side that the pest found in tea is very destructive and not available in Euro-Asian regions. However, it can damage the entire grain production in Russia, considering that this country is the largest producer and exporter of grain in the world. The Russian officials also informed the Embassy that all tea consignments shipped before December 18 from Sri Lanka would be strictly inspected and released, if no quarantine pest is found. 

 

it can damage the entire grain production in Russia, considering that this country is the largest producer and exporter of grain in the world

 
On the whole, the Russian officials expressed their commitment to the issue of temporary restrictions imposed on the Ceylon tea imports from Sri Lanka and highlighted that they are also interested in the soonest resolution of this situation. That is why there are many positive signs at this moment and I think that the visit of the Sri Lanka Tea Board delegation will be very efficient and productive,” he said.   

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