Sri Lankan Government is planning to allow free access of their airspace to Russian aircraft in exchange for food and fertilizer. Sri Lankan transport minister Bandula Gunawardana pledged not to arrest any Russian-flagged aircraft as part of talks for a new agreement between the two countries. The arrangement is on the backdrop of the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka which has led to shortage of food and essential daily supplies. “There will be no risk of arrests in the future,” Gunawardana pledged The announcement comes nine months after an incident involving the grounding of an Aeroflot aircraft at Colombo’s

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