Putin expects ties with Sri Lanka to develop

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that recently Russia had managed to reinforce the legal foundation of relations with Sri Lanka, which will lay the groundwork for developing comprehensively Russia’s bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka.

He also noted that Russia’s traditional contacts with Sri Lanka in the fields of fishing and agriculture were expanding.

The Russian President expressed these views when he accepted the Credentials of Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Russia Dr. Saman Weerasinghe.

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation presented his Credentials to Putin, in the Alexandrovsky Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov was also present at the Ceremony.

Ambassador Dr. Weerasinghe conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Government of Sri Lanka to President Vladimir Putin and the Government of the Russian Federation, which were warmly reciprocated by President Putin.

The Ambassador briefed President Putin on the latest developments in Sri Lanka following the Presidential and the General Elections in January and August 2015, respectively.

He expressed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the steadfast support that the Russian Federation has always extended to Sri Lanka and stated that Sri Lanka would like to further enhance the existing close and friendly relations with the Russian Federation.

The need to expand the bilateral trade relations, for which there is much scope, was stressed. Ambassador Dr. Weerasinghe also indicated the need for exchanging high level visits between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)