Russian oil firm officials arrive

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Two top Russian officials arrived in Sri Lanka within 24 hours of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s call to Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking fuel supply assistance.

The two Russian oil firm representatives arrived yesterday (7) to discuss the purchase of oil.

On 6 July, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking fuel credit, as the fuel crisis in Sri Lanka worsened, with no response from any country to supply in the coming days.

While facing political pressure from the masses to resign, President Rajapaksa has been dealing with an economic crisis of epic proportions, as unrest erupted islandwide in the form of confrontations and violent attacks, in which the military and Police were accused of striking irate citizens standing in queues for fuel. A large protest is also planned on 9 July.

On 3 July, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said any company or industry that can pay in US dollars can open a consumer account at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to obtain a weekly guaranteed quota.

He said they only need to pay a month in advance and fuel will be issued on a daily or weekly basis from 12 July onwards and that the customers who have already paid will receive their quota from that day. It is speculated that until then there will be no fuel supply in the country, which is why the President called his Russian counterpart.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan