Written by Lahiru Fernando
24 Mar, 2017 | 9:46 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Russia is an important milestone in the 60 years of relations between both nations, says Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian federation president Putin extended the official invitation to his SL counterpart at a summit in Goa, India. President Putin has commended President Sirisena as ‘a leader who made a strong commitment to bring about social change’.
Today, President Sirisena visited the Red Square to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Following which, he made his way to the Kremlin to meet his Russian Counterpart.
With a view of keeping the strength of trade and political relations between Russia and Sri Lanka, Vladimir Putin has promised to provide all support needed.
At the Kremlin, to symbolise the close relationships between the countries, President Sirisena was given a significant gift of major historic value to Sri Lanka and its people. A 19th century royal sword belonging to the Kandyan era.
This sword had been brought to England in 1906 and later bought by Russia at an archaeological artifact auction. Now, after over a century, she’s coming back home to Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena also graced the occasion to mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Russia.
The event to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the pearl of the Indian ocean and the northern power-house that is Russia, was graced by President Sirisena. The event was also graced by the likes of;
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia – Igor Morgulov
Russian Cosmonaut – Valentina Tereshkova (The first woman to travel to space)
Russian Cosmonaut – Vladimir Lyakhov
When President Sirisena called on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the PM announced Russia’s commitment to provide more benefits to Sri Lankans in the field of bilateral economic relations.
Furthermore, the two countries inked four memorandums of understandings in the fields of Fisheries, Technology, Culture and Tourism.
A historic visit – This is the first visit to the Russian Federation by a Sri Lankan head of state since 1974 Moscow visit of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranayaike.
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