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Colombo and Moscow discuss the problem of Sri Lankans fighting in Ukraine

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May31,2024

Colombo and Moscow discuss the problem of Sri Lankans fighting in Ukraine

Photo: Ambassador Russian Federation in Sri Lanka Levan Jagaryan and Tharaka Balasuriya, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Russia begin negotiations on resolving the problem of Sri Lankans fighting in Ukraine on the side of Russia, after how at least 16 people went missing.

Sri Lanka's junior foreign minister Tharaka Balasuriya said the country's citizens, mostly retired soldiers, were tricked into traveling to Russia with promises of good salaries and benefits. including Russian citizenship, reports  Associated Press agency.

"The situation in Russia is very unfortunate", – Balasuriya told reporters, adding that he is working with the Ministry of Defense to find out the number of fighting compatriots.

"We have received 455 complaints, but we believe the number could be much higher," – he added.

"They were deceived by unscrupulous agents – some of them were arrested. People who left for Russia were promised certain salaries and privileges, including citizenship,”– said Balasuriya.

Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Levan Dzhagaryan said that negotiations in Moscow will be the first step to resolve this issue.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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