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Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary tea ban

From BBC - December 17, 2017

Sri Lanka is making a special appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a ban on Ceylon tea.

Two ministers are leading a delegation to Moscow to request the suspension on Sri Lankan tea imports is lifted.

Imports were halted last week after Russia found an insect known as the Khapra beetle in a tea consignment from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is determined to settle the issue as it maintains the discovery was an "isolated incident".

It is not clear whether the beetle, a known pest of rice and grain crops, was found alive or dead.

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