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As US keeps a close watch Sri Lanka to sign defence deals with Russia

As the United States keeps a close watch on Russia’s dealings with other countries, Sri Lanka has said it will be signing two new agreements with Russia in the defence sphere.

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, who assumed duties at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia on Monday, said that he will be signing the agreement on behalf of Sri Lanka.

Addressing the staff of the Embassy upon assumption of duties, Ambassador Jayatilleka spoke on the decades – old ties between Sri Lanka and Russia outlining the main political focus of his further work in Russia as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka and outlining the deep importance and continuous development of Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the Russian Federation.

Ambassador Jayatilleka highlighted that, for decades, since early 1950ies the USSR, then Russia provided important economic, industrial, technological and later, defence and security support to Sri Lanka, which was crucial for the country’s progress and economic development, as well as in defeating one of the world’s most developed terrorist organizations, putting an end to the civil conflict which affected the country for 30 years.

The Ambassador noted the excellent rapport between Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence representatives with their Russian counterparts.

The US has been concerned over Russia’s involvement in some countries and it is having a close watch on links between Russia and Sri Lanka.

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka was picked as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia despite concerns raised by civil society as he was a close Mahinda Rajapaksa supporter and often spoke against the current government. (ER)