Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informs Russia through the Foreign Ministry Secretary that the issue over the Aeroflot aircraft is NOT between the two countries but is a private legal issue & Justice Minister has been informed to expedite the legal process.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says that the Attorney General AG will make submissions to the court over the Aeroflot issue on Monday June 7.

Aeroflot Airlines Airbus A330-300 which arrived empty from Moscow to take back 275 Russians in Colombo, departed from BIA this afternoon.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka says that the following with reference to the Aeroflot passenger aircraft flight SU-289 which is currently at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

On 2 June 2022, the Commercial High Court of the Western Province issued an Enjoining Order on the Aeroflot flight restraining it from taking off from Bandaranaike International Airport. The case relates to a commercial dispute between the Plaintiff, Celestial Aviation Trading 10 Limited an Irish Company against the first Defendant the Public Joint Stock Company “Aeroflot” and the second Defendant, Mr. N. C Abeywardene/Acting Head of Air Navigation/Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka (AASL), Katunayake.  

The matter is still pending final determination of the Court. This matter is also under consultation  through normal diplomatic channels.