Sri Lanka, Russia discuss cooperation in nuclear energy  

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Sri Lanka has announced that it is discussing with Russia about cooperation in nuclear energy, and to further this objective the South Asian island nation in the Indian Ocean has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom. 

This followed a meeting in Colombo last week between the Sri Lankan Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera and the Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Levan Dzhagaryan, in which a whole range of energy issues were discussed.  

“Energy Sector requirements was discussed with the Russian Ambassador in SL, HE Levan Dzhagaryan this morning. Discussed the fuel requirements, refinery operations, challenges in coal supply & the MOU signed for Nuclear energy cooperation with Rosatom”, Minister Wijesekera said in a tweet following the meeting on December 15, 2022.  

“Sri Lanka struggled with securing energy supplies earlier this year. We are actively looking for energy cooperation with other nations and Russia can play a big role”, the media portal Lanka News Web quoted the Minister as saying.  

The Sri Lankan authorities have been exploring various ways to address the power and fuel shortages in the country.