Sri Lanka is going through an unprecedented economic crisis. At the same time, there is a severe shortage of fuel in this cash-strapped country.
In this situation, the South Asian country has approached Russian President Vladimir Putin to get out of the crisis.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appealed to the Russian president to help import fuel.
The BBC reported this information in a report on Thursday (July 6).
According to the report, the Sri Lankan president said he had requested Vladimir Putin to help Sri Lanka, which is in a cash crunch, import energy.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he had “very fruitful” talks with President Putin.
Last weekend, Sri Lanka’s energy minister warned that the country’s stockpile of petrol could soon run out.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital, Colombo, on Wednesday to protest against the government.
And then came the information that the Sri Lankan president was approaching Russia to end the energy crisis.
In a message on Twitter on Wednesday about his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Rajapaksa said,
I have requested credit assistance for the import of fuel.”
Rajapaksa added that he had “humbly requested” Putin to resume flights between Moscow and Colombo after the Russian-flagged airline suspended its services last month.
In a tweet, he claimed, ‘We have unanimously agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in sectors such as tourism, trade and culture.
Because these are the best ways to strengthen the friendship between our two countries. ‘
Earlier on Sunday, Sri Lankan Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that Sri Lanka, which is facing an unprecedented economic crisis, has less than a day’s supply of fuel.
According to him, the country has about 4,000 tons of petrol reserves. Which is less than the one-day demand of the country
In other words, the country has enough fuel reserves, it can not go a day. Public transport has been shut down as the country’s economic crisis intensifies.
In the capital, Colombo, long rows of petrol and diesel have flown for miles. However, most of the pump stations in the country are without fuel day after day.
Earlier last week, Sri Lanka imposed a two-week ban on the sale of petrol and diesel in vehicles other than the emergency services.
It is to be noted that Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.
The Corona epidemic, the inefficiency of the government in managing the national economy, rising fuel prices around the world and the depletion of foreign exchange reserves in the state coffers have created a catastrophic situation in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is unable to pay the import price of essential commodities like fuel, food and medicine.
Sri Lanka’s power plants are unable to generate the required electricity due to irregular supply of diesel. As a result, there has been no electricity for most of the day for the last few months.