Colombo, May 07: Russia has pledged support to the Sri Lankan government in its fight against LTTE and said it appreciates Colombo efforts to protect Tamil civilians.
Russia supports the efforts being made by the Sri Lankan authorities in uprooting the terrorist threat and measures taken for the protection of civilian population, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a release yesterday.
The assurance was also given on phone by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to his Sri Lankan counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama, when the latter called him up to brief him on the situation in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Russia has been appointed as the chairman of the UN Security Council and new Russian ambassador has stressed that he is not ready to discuss the Sri Lankan conflict without a representative from Sri Lanka, according to reports here.
During the visit of a Russian delegation recently, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said steps had been taken to further strengthen relations between the two country.
The President comments came when a delegation from the Russian University of Friendship between People better known as the Patrice Lumumba People`s Friendship University called on him at his residence in February end. President Rajapaksa said the university named after Patrice Lumumba, an outstanding leader of the African people who fought against colonialism and imperialism, carried a valuable message to the entire world.
"The friendship between Sri Lanka and Russia grew in the 1970s and we have once again taken steps to strengthen this diplomatic relations," President Rajapaksa said.
The delegation which comprised Vice Chancellor of the University, Victor Ponka invited President Rajapaksa to attend the Golden Jubilee celebration of the University which will be held in February 2010.
Sri Lanka has also been selected to represent the Asian region to conduct field educational activities to mark the University`s Golden Jubilee celebration.
The other five countries include the Dominican Republic, Syria, Kazakhstan and France.
This International University caters to students from 137 countries and nearly 4,000 Sri Lankans have passed out from this campus so far.
Sri Lanka-Russian Friendship Association President Minister Susil Premajayantha and Colombo National Hospital Director Hector Weerasinghe were also present during that meeting.