The text of the interview is published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

He said that in recent years, the volume of trade between Russia and Sri Lanka "has fluctuated around the $ 400 million mark."

“This clearly does not correspond to the existing potential, which was also noted at the talks in March 2017 in Moscow between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Maytripala Sirisena. The heads of our states set the task to increase trade turnover to $ 700 million, ”the minister said.

Lavrov said that "Russia is ready to offer Sri Lanka the products of domestic enterprises, in particular, aircraft manufacturing."

“There are good prospects for cooperation in the energy sector, forging cooperation in agriculture and in the implementation of advanced information and communication technologies,” he said.

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry added that "the tourism sector remains another important area of ​​joint efforts, since Sri Lanka has become a popular holiday destination for Russians."

According to RIA Novosti, Lavrov will arrive in Colombo on January 14

It is noted that he has scheduled meetings with the President of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister, as well as with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.