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Diplomatic Relationship

After establishment of diplomatic relations between Ceylon and Soviet Union in 1957, Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara was appointed as first Sri Lankan Ambassador to Soviet Union. He served till 1961.

During his period he had very close relationship with Soviet Premier Hon. Nikitha Krushev.

Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara shared his knowledge with Russian intellectuals and delivered lectures in Moscow state University. Therefore he was offered with an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy (Hon. D.Phil) by the Moscow State University in first time as a foreigner.

Dr. T.B. Subasinghe was appointed as a successor of First Sri Lankan Ambassador to Soviet Union Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara in 1961.

Visit of Hon. Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranayke to Soviet Union. – 1963

First official visit to Soviet Union as a head of state of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Hon. Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranayke, Prime Minister of Ceylon visited the U.S.S.R. in October 1964. She was accompanied by Mr. R.B. Weerakoon, Secretary to Prime Minister, Mr. M.Q. Dias, Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Makie Rathwatte, Private Secretary to Prime Minister and Mr. T.B. Subasinghe, Ambassador of Ceylon to Soviet Union.

Delegation met with Hon. Nikitha Krushev, General Secretary of Communist Party of Soviet Union, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, Secretary of Communist Party of Soviet Union and Mr. Andrei Gromiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Soviet Union.

Delegation of Ceylon has visited Moscow, Leningrad, Volgograd and Tashkent.

Visit of Hon. Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranayke to Soviet Union. – 1974

After 10 years of her first visit to Soviet Union, Hon. Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranayke, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka visited the U.S.S.R. in November 1964.

Visit of Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Mr. Lakshman Kasirgamar. – 2004

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Mr. Lakshman Kasirgamar visited Moscow in June 2004. During his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov the Sides exchanged their views on the key issues of world and regional policy, as well as bilateral relations. The practice of meetings at high and the highest levels during working sessions of the UN General Assembly continues – a meeting of Minister Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov and President of Sri Lanka C.B.Kumaratunga took place in New York in September 2004.

The Russian Federation, being the successor of the USSR, has actively developed the positive tendency of interstate relations with Sri Lanka. This attitude gave the possibility to provide the continuity of Russian – Sri Lankan ties. The basis of diverse cooperation which was laid down in previous years opens vast possibilities for its further development and implementation of new forms, though there was a certain decline in it during 90s. Our countries have identical or similar approaches to solution of majority of pressing international or regional issues.

The maintenance of political dialog within the United Nations Organization and its specialized agencies as well as consultations between the Ministries of foreign affairs of two countries are favorable for the development of Russian – Sri-Lankan mutual understanding and cooperation. Moreover it indicates the coincidence or closeness of positions of Russia and Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan side welcomed the initiatives of Russia to create under the aegis of the UN a global system of counteraction to modern threats, to formulate a codex of protecting human rights from terrorism.

Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey V. Lavrov, arrived to Sri Lanka on October 26, 2009 for a one-day visit, which led to the renewal of the 51 years long diplomatic and friendly relationship between both countries – Lanka and Russian. The Russian Foreign Minister pledged that the Russian Federation will be always on the side of Sri Lanka, if in case the international community initiate any covetous move to charge Sri Lanka on any war related crimes.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa undertook a three-day visit to Russia from 6th to 8th February 2010. It is a matter of significance that the first visit abroad by the President following his decisive victory at the recently concluded presidential election was to the friendly nation of Russia. Sri Lanka and Russia have always had a close and cordial relationship. The current visit by the President is the first high-level visit to Russia after 36 years, the last being by Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1974.

Place of assignment Date of signature Title Category
Colombo 08-Feb-58 Payments Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic Loan / Credit / Payments Agreements
Colombo 08-Feb-58 Trade Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic. Supplemented By : Exchange of Notes of 08/02/1958, Colombo Trade/Economic Agreements
Colombo 22-Feb-62 Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic relating to Mutual Deliveries of Goods in the period 1962-1964 General International Agreements
Colombo 09-Aug-62 Supplementary Protocol to the Soviet-Ceylon Agreement on Economic and Technical Co-operation dated 25.02.1958 Trade/Economic Agreements
Colombo 14-Nov-62 Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic for Shipping Services between Two Countries. Navigation
Colombo 22-Feb-64 Air Transport Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (remain valid until amended or replaced by new ones) Aviation
Moscow 01-Oct-64 Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Relating to Mutual Deliveries of Goods in the Period 1965-1967 General International Agreements
Colombo 04-Jan-65 Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the Establishment of a Reinforced Concrete Manufacturing Factory as a Gift from the U.S.S.R. Aid and Assistance
Colombo 06-May-68 Exchange of Letters between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics concerning an amendment to the Air Transport Agreement signed at Colombo on 22nd Fed. 1964 Aviation
Colombo 04-Aug-68 Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Relating to Mutual Delivery of Goods in the Period of 1969-1970 General International Agreements
Moscow 11-Feb-70 Agreement for Mutual Supply of Goods for the period of 1971-1972 between Ceylon and the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. General International Agreements
Colombo 19-Aug-71 Agreement between Ceylon and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Marine Fisheries (Remain valid until amended or replaced by new ones) Fisheries
Moscow 16-Jan-75 Protocol on the Trade between the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics for 1975 Trade / Economic Agreements
Colombo 18-Feb-76 Protocol on Trade between the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for 1976. Trade / Economic Agreements
Moscow 25-Mar-77 Trade Agreement between the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Exchange of Letters connected therewith Trade / Economic Agreements
Colombo 19-Feb-82 Agreement between the Govt. of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Govt. of the U.S.S.R. on Shipping.(Valid until amended or replaced by new ones) Navigation
Colombo 22-Mar-82 Protocol on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation for 1982 Cultural Agreements
Colombo 14-Oct-86 Protocol on Sports Co-operation between the USSR State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Sports of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for 1986-1987. Education
Colombo 09-Nov-87 Protocol on Sports Co-operation between USSR State Committee for Physical Culture & Sports and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Sports of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for 1988-1989. Education
Colombo 26-Jan-99 Agreement between the Govt. of Sri Lanka and the Govt. of the Russian Federation on Cultural and Scientific Co-operation. Cultural Agreements
Moscow 02-Mar-99 Agreement between the Govt. of Sri Lanka and the Govt. of the Russian Federation for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income. Avoidance of Double Taxation
Colombo 17-Sep-99 Program of Cultural and Scientific Exchanges between the Government of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of the Russian Federation for 1999-2000 Cultural Agreements
Colombo 23-Mar-00 Protocol on Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Social Republic of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. General International Agreements
Colombo 04-Apr-01 Agreement between the Police Force of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation on Co-operation and Interaction. Defense
Moscow 03-Jul-02 Program of Cultural and Scientific Exchanges between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for 2002 – 2003 Cultural Agreements
Colombo 30-Dec-03 Agreement between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of the Russian Federation in the Field of Military-Technical Co-operation Defense
Colombo 27-Feb-04 Protocol between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of the Russian Federation on the Operation of Bilateral Agreements between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation General International Agreements
Colombo 26-Oct-09 MoU bet. Sri Lanka and Russian Federation on the Field of Prevention of Natural Disasters and Mitigation of their Consequences Human Rights
Colombo 26-Oct-09 Agreement bet. Sri Lanka and Russian Federation on Cooperation to Suppress Illicit Traffic & Abuse of Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic substances Narcotic Drugs
Moscow 08-Feb-10 Agt. Bet. Sri Lanka and Russian Federation on the Extension of a State Credit to GOSL Loan/Credit
Moscow 08-Feb-10 MoU between the Ministry of Mass Media and Information of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the Field of Mass Communications Cultural