When Dr. Weerasinghe arrived to take up his position as the ambassador, the Sri Lankan embassy in Russia looked like a madhouse. Ex-ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga had lifted all the furniture there and only the ambassador’s table remained. No maintenance had taken place in the sanitation facilities at the place, and before starting his duties, Werasinghe had to attend to all that. Water and electricity bills had not been paid for months. Instead of using embassy money to buy new furniture, he still uses furniture brought from his private home.
Weeratunga had used the embassy not to build diplomatic ties between the two countries, but for his notorious business deals. During the Rajapaksa regime, relatives and cronies without having any diplomatic or administrative experience were appointed to diplomatic postings and Sri Lanka had to face various problems internationally are a result.