Russia has reiterated that that obligation of the United Nation was to assist Sri Lanka to heal its wounds and reconcile from the 30-year war, rather than escalating the situation going forward. Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Vladimir Mikhailov stressed that they strongly protest UN’s initiatives with regard to Sri Lanka.
The Russian Ambassador was addressing a function at the Biodiversity Complex at Ambuluwawa in Gampola. It was organized to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Soviet Pilot and Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s journey to outer space.
Mr. Mikhailov said western media outlets are biased when reporting humanitarian issues as in the instance of Sri Lanka, choosing to report only one side of the story which suits their agendas and motives. He said the Western media did not have a uniform approach to humanitarian situations around the world but choose only one side of the story which suited their agendas and motives while being biased in their reporting. The Ambassador also said they were prejudicial and focusing on Sri Lanka when other major humanitarian issues were prevailing elsewhere.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said that he highly appreciated the friendship displayed by Russia condemning the controversial Darusman Report.