Russian envoy calls for stronger SL-Russia ties
“The friendship between Russia and Sri Lanka is not confined only to
diplomatic relations but has expanded its horizons with people to people
contacts in the spheres of culture, politics and sports, Ambassador of
the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka Vladimir P. Mikhaylov said.
He was addressing a function held to coincide the National Day of
Russia at the Russian Cultural Centre recently. Members of the Sri
Lanka-Russia Parliamentary Association and Sri Lanka-Russia Friendship
Association graced the occasion and promised to work jointly in
enhancing bilateral relationships. He added that relations between Sri
Lanka and Russia continued unaffected under different governments in Sri
Lanka. He was of the view the relations between the two countries should
be further strengthened.
Russian businessmen are keen on embarking on investment opportunities
in Sri Lanka and have signed agreements to be partners of Sri Lanka’s
“Both countries marked a significant achievement in bilateral
cooperation. The visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka in
2009 and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first visit to Russia in 2010
were significant moments in both countries, he recalled.
“There is no doubt that friendly relations between Russia and Sri
Lanka will further develop for the benefit of the peoples of both
countries, he noted.
Petroleum Resources and Industries Minister and President of Sri
Lanka Russia Parliamentary Association Susil Premajayantha thanked the
Russian government for the continuous support extended to Sri Lanka.
The minister added that Russia was a true friend who always stands by
Sri Lanka at difficult times.