President Rajapaksa- Face to face in Moscow

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva)

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa met his counterpart, President of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow this afternoon on 8th February. Both leaders discussed issues about security, development, trade and other relevant matters related to both countries at the round table conference. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Export Development & International Trade Prof.G.L Peiris, the Secretary to the President Mr.Lalith Weeratunga, the Russian language speaking Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Moscow Mr Udayanga Weeratunga and the Russian government officials were present at the meeting.

President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with former President and the present Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and other government officials before conclude his three day visit to Russia.

Last evening President Rajapaksa visited the Red Square in Moscow and paid his respect to the mausoleum of Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924), the principal figure in the Russian October Revolution and the first Premier (1918-24) of the Soviet Union. He also visited the Kremlin Museum where the crown jewels and regalia of the former Czars and the Russian Royal family are on display.