On June 7, 2011 the First Deputy Director General of the Russian news-agency ITAR-TASS Mikhail S.Gusman interviewed
H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka at his residence in Colombo for the program "Formula of power"
which is broadcasted by major Russian TV channels. Besides extensive answers to numerous questions, H.E. President
kindly gave opportunity to the Russian TV crew to shoot him in the family circle as well as at various functions. H.E.
Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation was present at all meetings that were held and had the
opportunity to discuss with the head of the Sri Lankan state issues of bilateral interest. The representatives of the
Russian leading news-agency expressed sincere gratitude to H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa for the exceptional hospitality,
benevolence and frankness. The interview will be broadcasted by several channels of the Russian television on the eve
of the forthcoming visit of H.E. President of Sri Lanka to the Petersburg International Economic Forum.