“The close friendship which has been built between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will create a new landmark in the bilateral relations between two countries”, says Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov.
These remarks made at a ceremony held yesterday (March 23) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Moscow, to mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Russia.
President Sirisena was the Chief Guest of the ceremony which comprised of several Sri Lankan and Russian cultural items.
The deputy Foreign Minister of Russia further stated that Russia will always stand with support Sri Lanka for its sovereignty and independence. “Russia is ready to extend any required support to Sri Lanka even in the international sphere. We also will assist Sri Lanka for its development in the fields of economy, trade, education and culture”, he said.
The representatives of the government of Russia who attended this ceremony stated,the official visit of President Sirisena which is made at occasion of 60thanniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, is significant for further strengthen of both Russia and Sri Lanka relations.
Russian dignitaries including Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, Russian cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova,the first woman to travel in space and Cosmonaut Vladimir Lyakhovparticipated at the occasion.
First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena, Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Science and Technology Research Minister, Susil Premajayantha, Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister, John Amaratunga, Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Navinna and Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara also participated on this occasion.