The Attorney General is scheduled to present facts in Court today (6) pertaining to the controversial Russian Aeroflot flight.
The Russian carrier has also informed the Sri Lankan government that it expects to release the aircraft after reporting facts to Court today.
Russian nationals who were unable to leave Sri Lanka for the past three days due to the flight being grounded, following a Court order, returned to Russia yesterday.
Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday said he informed the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka and Maldives that the government cannot interfere in judicial proceedings.
Minister de Silva said discussions were held with the Russian Embassy and Aeroflot Airlines pertaining to the matter.
The Minister expressed his regret to the passengers and the crew of the aircraft over the inconvenience.
He said this was not legal proceedings filed against the government but a case filed over a contractual dispute between two firms.
Minister de Silva added he explained the matter to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka on three separate occasions that the issue was not based on any diplomatic matter.
He said the decision reached by the Russian carrier to temporarily halt flight operations between Moscow and Colombo, will have an impact on the tourism industry to a certain extent as well.