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Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary tea ban
Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary tea ban

Sri Lanka is making a special appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a ban on Ceylon tea. Two ministers are leading a delegation to Moscow to request the suspension on Sri Lankan tea imports is lifted. Imports were halted last week after Russia found an insect known as the Khapra beetle in a tea consignment from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is…

BBC - Dec 18 18:45 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, Russia, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lanka probes ex-envoy over alleged Ukraine arms deals
Sri Lanka probes ex-envoy over alleged Ukraine arms deals

Sri Lanka is investigating its former ambassador to Russia following a media report that he helped arm pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine, the foreign minister said Sunday. The Colombo-based Sunday Times said the Ukraine government has lodged a formal complaint with Colombo detailing former ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga's alleged arms dealings with the rebels."We…

AFP - Mar 22 11:38 GMT - more ... [ Tags: World, SriLanka, Russia ]

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  - Lanka’s Moscow envoy accused of selling arms to Ukraine rebels - Sunday Times
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  • Russia Offers to Set Up Helicopter Maintenance Center in Sri Lanka – Official

    Russia Offers to Set Up Helicopter Maintenance Center in Sri Lanka – Official

    A deputy chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said that Russia has proposed to set up a service center for Russian-made helicopters in Sri Lanka. Russia has proposed to set up a service center for Russian-made helicopters in Sri Lanka, a deputy chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told Sputnik on…

    AFP - Mar 24 23:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Russia, WarCrimes ]

  • China and Russia to participate in Sri Lanka's defense confab

    China and Russia to participate in Sri Lanka\'s defense confab

    China and Russia are among the participants in a defense confab initiated by Sri Lanka to promote regional peace and stability through mutually beneficial dialogue and cooperation. Sri Lanka will initiate and host the inaugural South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defense Chiefs' Dialogue- 2014 with the participation of Defense Chiefs in the region, from 27th…

    GoSL - Nov 17 10:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, Russia ]

  • Russia and China Headed for an Inevitable Geopolitical Clash

    Russia’s “Great Power Aspirations” and China’s “Chinese Dream” (euphemism for China’s bid for global power status on par with United States) inherently carry the seed of an inevitable geopolitical clash of interests. The so-called Russia-China strategic nexus amounts to nothing more than strategic expediency which could dissolve anytime with China’s…

    SAAG - Jan 07 19:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, China, Russia ]

  • Russia to donate eight helicopters to SL

    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.Russia, which has submitted a bid for obtaining “Expo 2020” Exhibition to Russia also urged Sri…

    Daily Mirror - May 19 16:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Russia, WarCrimes ]

  • Russian Nuclear Power Team to Arrive in Sri Lanka This Month

    A team of Russian nuclear scientists will arrive in Sri Lanka this month to study the country’s energy sector outlook, the government said today. Russia has offered to enhance its support to Sri Lanka in many fields including trade, energy, economic and socials sectors and the visit by the Russian nuclear power team is to extend their support to Sri Lanka’s…

    Energy Tribune - Jan 02 16:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Russia, WarCrimes ]

  • Russia wants LLRC report implemented

    Russia wants LLRC report implemented

    Russia, which voted against the US Resolution on ‘Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka’ at the UNHRC recently, said that the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime should now focus its attention on implementing its very own LLRC recommendations. Asked for his opinion on India voting against Sri Lanka, he said it was more to do with internal compulsions rather…

    Island - Apr 03 12:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Russia, WarCrimes ]

  • Moscow dubs UNHRC vote on Lanka 'politically motivated'

    Without criticizing India directly for backing the US-initiated resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has described the resolution as "politically motivated" and one that has ended up discrediting the Council itself. "Why did it all of a sudden decide to take up a country-specific resolution? That is not how the UNHRC works," Russian…

    Times of India - Mar 27 01:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Russia, WarCrimes ]

  • Canada: Intelligence staff relocated in wake of spy scandal

    Canada: Intelligence staff relocated in wake of spy scandal

    The Canadian military has relocated some staff at its East Coast intelligence centre following the arrest of a junior naval officer accused of spying for Russia. A senior official in Defence Minister Peter MacKay's office told The Canadian Press the shuffle was ordered as a precaution, but would not say how many people had been moved.

    CTV - Jan 24 00:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Russia ]

  • Russia opens service centers in Sri Lanka

    Russia opens service centers in Sri Lanka

    Russia plans to open maintenance centers in Sri Lanka to service Soviet or Russian-made military equipment, a Rosoboronexport high-ranking official said. Viktor Komardin, Rosoboronexport’s deputy general director, made a statement to this effect at an international arms exhibition in Malaysia. Russia has supplied Sri Lanka with four Mi-17 helicopters, two…

    VoR - Dec 07 13:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Russia, WarCrimes ]

  • N-plants: India, Russia to counter China in South Asia

    India and Russia have decided to work together in the field of nuclear commerce. The two countries will help set up smaller nuclear power plants in South Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, sources said. This, according to South Block sources, is a key outcome of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to India. China is active in most South Asian…

    Indian Express - Dec 27 11:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, China, Russia ]

  • Canadian jets intercept Russian bombers

    Canadian jets intercept Russian bombers

    Canadian CF-18 fighter jets were dispatched to intercept Russian bombers as they skirted Canadian airspace by the Arctic, the defence ministry says. The bombers, which sometimes fly near Canada, were dispersed, officials said. Russian officials said the flight was a training exercise and the TU-95 bombers did not "violate" Canadian airspace. Canada's Liberal…

    BBC - Jul 31 12:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Russia ]

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  • Russia opposes UN Panel on Sri Lanka

    UN Secretary-General should have asked the Security Council or the General Assembly before appointing the panel to advise him on war crime investigation on the sovereign member state of Sri Lanka, says a statement of the foreign ministry of the Russian Federation Thursday. The UN should allow Sri Lanka's own investigations and the Secretary General's decision for the…

    TamilNet - Jun 25 01:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, Russia ]

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      - US welcomes panel as Sri Lanka moves to block experts visa - TamilNet
  • Sri Lanka off-shore oil exploration eyed by Russia's Gazprom

    Gazprom, a Russian oil firm, has held discussions with visiting Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa on exploring for oil off the coast of the Indian Ocean island. Alexey Miller, chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, had met President Rajapaksa Monday, the oil firm said in a statement. "The parties discussed prospects for Russian-Sri Lankan cooperation…

    LBO - Feb 09 11:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, Russia ]

  • Russia to lend post-war Sri Lanka US$300 mil. for arms

    Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa left on Saturday for Moscow, where he will sign a US$300 million loan to buy military equipment from Russia, despite an end to his country's quarter-century civil war. Sri Lanka defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May in a final offensive that prompted allegations of human rights abuses from the international…

    China Post - Feb 07 06:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Russia ]

  • Russia parries US thrust in Central Asia

    The Uzbeks explain the ingenuity of their mind by often repeating a saying that goes: when they speak, they seldom mean what they say; and when they act, they almost always disregard what they have in mind. To be sure, it is hazardous to attempt a definitive interpretation of what the Uzbek Foreign Ministry in Tashkent meant on Monday when it alleged that the…

    Asia Times - Aug 07 16:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, China, Russia ]

  • Leaders of SCO members,observers begin annual summit in Yekaterinburg

    Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries and observer nations began their annual summit here on Tuesday to discuss such issues as the global financial crisis and regional security. Chinese President Hu Jintao attends the small-sized group meeting of the leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states and observers…

    Xinhua - Jun 16 10:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, Russia ]

  • Russia shoots down move against Lanka

    Russia has shot down a proposal by Mexico which called for a briefing to the United Nations Security Council about the situation in Sri Lanka, diplomatic sources said. They said Mexico, which became a member of the Security Council this year, made the request at a closed-door meeting on Thursday, but the move was formally opposed by Russia, which argued that the Sri…

    Sunday Times - Feb 08 02:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, Russia ]

  • Russian President justifies independence for South Ossetia, Abkhazia

    Explaining his government’s decision to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, said in an op-ed in the Financial Times newspaper: “Not all of the world’s nations have their own statehood. Many exist happily within boundaries shared with other nations. The Russian Federation is an example of largely…

    TamilNet - Aug 28 11:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Russia ]

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      - EU considers sanctions on Russia - BBC
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