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Sri Lankan governmental delegation’s visit to Moscow put off — foreign ministry source

It was scheduled for July 10-16

NEW DELHI, July 9. /TASS/. The Sri Lankan government delegation’s visit to Moscow, which was scheduled for July 10-16, has been postponed due to the situation in that island country, a source at Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry told TASS on Saturday.

"Taking into account the domestic political situation, Susil Premajayantha (Sri Lanka’s presidential representative and education minister - TASS) had to postpone the visit to Russia," said the source on condition of anonymity.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Colombo, demanding resignation of sitting head of state Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They stormed into his residence and then into the prime minister’s residence Temple Trees. Over 30 people were injured.

As Wickremesinghe told TASS in an exclusive interview this week, the country is hit hard by the worst crisis in modern history, and the island nation’s politicians cannot yet find parallels to a similar crisis in this century or in the last century or the century before. According to the prime minister, the country is currently in the middle of the crisis.

Wickremesinghe pointed out that a delegation led by Education Minister Susil Premajayantha was expected to visit Russia to negotiate bilateral issues, including Russia’s assistance to Sri Lanka.