Putin in talks with Sri Lanka President on Russian imports hit by US sanctions

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena had discussed with President Vladimir Putin, Russian imports to Sri Lanka which have come under US trade sanctions at a regional meeting in Tajikistan.

The United States has imposed sanction on some goods imported by Sri Lanka from Russia," a statement from the President’s office said.

"The leaders discussed the future course of action on the matter."

The regional meeting was held to boost regional co-operated and was also attended by China’s President Xi Jinping.

US President Donald Trump, a nationalist backed by white supremacists and evangelists has an anti-import bias which has led to a rise in protectionism, and trade wars particularly with China.

His unitlateral sanctions agatinst Iran has irked European free countries.

However US sanctions against Russia are mostly imposed by congress.

President Sirisena had warned outside nations not to interfere in the affairs of Asian nations over human rights violations.

"At this gathering I especially request not to damage and interfere in the sovereignty of the countries because of allegations of human rights violations," he was quoted as saying.

He also called for co-peration against terrorism.

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