by Zacki Jabbar
Increasing defence cooperation has resulted in Russia equipping Sri Lanka’s armed forces with some models of its state-of-the –art military hardware.
The Russian Ambassador Alexander Karchava, addressing a reception to celebrate his country’s National Day in Colombo recently, said that over the last four years his country had signed a range of important bilateral agreements with Sri Lanka. “It includes providing some models of Russia’s state-of-the-art hardware and launch of the important Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.”
The ceremony was held at the brand new Russian Embassy Complex in Colombo 7.It took over four years to complete, Karchava noted, adding that his wish was that the building would become a landmark and add to the beauty of Colombo which was rapidly developing into one of the most modern in South Asia.
“For the first time we celebrate our National Day in our own house situated on a piece of Russian soil. It creates a very special feeling for me and my colleagues. From now on this would be the house of many generations of Russian diplomats to come,” he added.
The Ambassador said that the sixtieth anniversary of establishing bilateral relations which would be celebrated next year was a testimony to the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries.
It was only recently that Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe participated in the Legal Forum held in Russia under the auspices of the Shanghai Organisation of Cooperation. That had been followed by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanyake attending the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s visit to Moscow, he noted.