Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
Patrushev serves as the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation since 2008, having previously served in the Committee for State Security of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and of the Federal Security Service of Russia.
Bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Russia will mark the 65th anniversary on 19 February 2022. President Rajapaksa said Patrushev’s visit will further strengthen ties between the two countries.
The President thanked Patrushev for providing 5,000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccines, for Russia’s assistance in making the COVID-19 vaccination drive a success, and for the 49,379 Russian tourists who arrived in Sri Lanka last year amidst the pandemic.
The President also invited Russian investors to invest in the Colombo Port City, and in energy, pharmaceutical, ICT, agriculture, infrastructure, oil and gas exploration, and logistics sectors.
President Rajapaksa also commended Russia’s role as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council in promoting interests and concerns of developing countries in areas of peace and security and expressed gratitude for Russia’s strong support to Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council sessions.
The President also stated that Sri Lanka is ready to expand bilateral cooperation in addressing extremism, terrorism, and cyber threats, including sharing of intelligence information and countering terrorist financing.