The Russian Embassy in Colombo has categorically denied the statement made by Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara that Russia will not supply crude oil to the island nation.

Noting that they have never held any discussions with Minister Wijesekara, the Embassy reaffirmed its full support to Sri Lanka and stressed that Russia will never turn down a request for assistance when the country is battling a crisis on multiple fronts.

The Russian Embassy further stated that a request made by the Sri Lankan government has already been forwarded to the relevant Russian authorities.