The close friendship which has been built between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena will create a new landmark in bilateral relations between the two countries, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said.
He was speaking at a ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Moscow on Friday to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Russia.
President Sirisena was the Chief Guest at the ceremony which comprised of several Sri Lankan and Russian cultural items.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia further said that Russia will always stand by Sri Lanka and for its sovereignty and independence.
â€œRussia is ready to extend any required support to Sri Lanka even in the international sphere. We will also assist Sri Lankaâ€™s development programmes in the fields of economy, trade, education and culture,â€ he said.
The representatives of the government of Russia who attended this ceremony stated, the official visit of President Sirisena which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, is significant to further strengthen Russia, Sri Lanka relations.
Dignitaries including Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel in space and Cosmonaut Vladimir Lyakhov also participated at the occasion. First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena, Ministers Mangala Samaraweera,Susil Premajayantha, John Amaratunga, Mahinda Samarasinghe, S.B. Navinna and Dayasiri Jayasekara also participated on this occasion.