Army Relations between Russia

Saturday, 10 August 2019

The sound bilateral military cooperation that prevails between the Sri Lanka Army and its Russian counterparts became distinctively evident during the most recent three-day long (August 3 – 5) visit of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake to Russia after an invitation was extended by the Russian Ministry of Defence.

The Sri Lankan Army Chief during his meet with General of the Army Oleg Leonidovich Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces was assured an increased number training vacancies for the Sri Lankan Army troops for the year 2020, a milestone opening and a fillip to the Sri Lanka Army for the first time in the history, in addition to the Russian arrangements in place for possible reservation of training opportunities for Sri Lankan armed forces at the prestigious Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.

His Russian counterpart, General of the Army Oleg Leonidovich Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces welcomed the visiting Army Chief and his delegation warmly and appreciated his presence at the inaugural opening of the International Army Games – 2019 in Russia and the participation of a Sri Lankan Army contingent of 10 Officers and 18 Other Ranks in the International Army Games – 2019, a mega military spectacle in Russia.

During the cordial discussions, attended also by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia, HE Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, the visiting Sri Lankan Army Chief gratefully acknowledged the continuing cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Defence and conveyed the greetings of HE the President of Sri Lanka, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka