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Russia is interested in closer ties with SL: Putin

12 October 2018 03:11 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Russia, which maintains traditionally friendly relations with Sri Lanka, is interested in closer trade and economic cooperation, including in fishery, agriculture and tourism, President Vladimir Putin has said on Thursday.  

He expressed these views at a ceremony held in the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace where 23 new ambassadors including Sri Lankan Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka presented credentials to President Putin. 

“I would like to note that in September, Russia and Sri Lanka signed a bilateral inter-governmental agreement on military cooperation,” the President said.

He said diplomacy is needed to play an active and constructive role, to use the power of words, negotiations and compromise to make a tangible contribution to overcoming the current difficulties in international affairs and searching for responses to new challenges and threats.

“Russia is dedicated to a peaceful policy and progressively carries out a responsible course in foreign policy. As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia defends the basic principles stipulated in the UN Charter: sovereignty and equality of states and non-interference in their domestic affairs. We stand against using politically motivated protectionism measures and sidestepping the norms of international law. Russians want to live in peace; they want Russia to be a strong and independent state. We try to do everything necessary to strengthen global stability and to build a system of equal and indivisible security,” he said.

  Comments - 13

  • ANTON Friday, 12 October 2018 03:24 PM


    Ce Friday, 12 October 2018 03:28 PM

    when putin talk,all.are listning.because he is a world record holder to become richest in the world earning$ 200 billions withing 10 years as president.

    Niaml Saradiel Friday, 12 October 2018 03:48 PM

    Be careful. Do not know China and Russia will use our ports to attack US, UK and EU. Then our local people to have bunkers underground.

    sach Friday, 12 October 2018 05:46 PM

    Only US have such a history. Not others.

    Stan Friday, 12 October 2018 06:48 PM

    Right Sach, that's because Russia is currently illegally occupying Crimea. It's the present, not history.

    JONES Friday, 12 October 2018 04:20 PM


    Cluless Friday, 12 October 2018 04:38 PM

    Isn't he the most influential world leader now a days?

    Share Friday, 12 October 2018 05:07 PM

    Yes sir, yes sir it is available as 20% to China, 20% to India, 20% to Russia,20% to USA and 20% to UK. No for Tamil. Tigers

    Gerry Friday, 12 October 2018 05:50 PM

    everybody is looking for a peace of cake on sale.....oh mother lanka!!

    Stan Friday, 12 October 2018 06:51 PM

    I understand that being non-aligned is good for our safety but that hasn't played out well for the last 70 years. We should start leaning more towards the West. It doesn't matter if China overtakes the US economically because the West, collectively, will still be more powerful than their foes.

    Jayt Sunday, 14 October 2018 02:54 AM

    major proem is they have hugeTamil population of tigers and they were supporting indian secretly in the past.we Sinhalese a powerful military o keep indian who acting if sri lanka is theirs giving Trinco harbor for Chinese military Base is one of the option is available . Then, Sri lanka dismantle Indian forced provincial system and create home grown system like District system

    citizen Friday, 12 October 2018 07:01 PM

    President and Prime Minster of Sri Lanka, Please Don't try to make our country like another Syria, China and Russia, beside US, UK and EU, all are very interested to our mother land. I am scared what is going to happen to our country.

    Martin Milton Friday, 12 October 2018 08:15 PM

    Great news for Sri Lanka and let us hope that HE Ambassador clinches the deal before unnecessary partisan ones (within GOSL) try to thwart this move. MM

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