President Maithripala Sirisena has successfully concluded his official Russian tour, strengthening relationships and bringing in many benefits to the country. The President and his delegation visited Russia on an official invitation from President Vladimir Putin. The Russian Government warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan delegation. Bilateral talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and Russian President Vladimir Putin took place at the Russian President’s official residence in the Kremlin. Four agreements that are beneficial to both countries were signed on the occasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that all necessary support will be given to Sri Lanka. A meeting took place between President Maithripala Sirisena and Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev. Discussions took place on strengthening sixty years of relations between the two countries. They also discussed building relations in several other fields without limiting to trade, economic and cultural sectors. President Maithripala Sirisena said that it was an honor for all Sri Lankans for inviting a Sri Lankan President for an official tour in Russia after 43 years. The President said that Sri Lanka hopes to take forward new development paths with the friendly countries. President Maithripala Sirisena met Sri Lankans living in Russia at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow. Sri Lankans involved in various activities in Russia were present on the occasion. Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that the close relationships between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena is a new mile stone for relations between Sri Lanka and Russia. He said this at the special function which was held to mark 60 years of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Russia. President Maithripala Sirisena attended the ceremony as the special guest. The deputy Foreign Minister said that Russia will always standby to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and independence. He said that Russia was prepared to support Sri Lanka in international affairs when necessary. He said that Russia will support Sri Lanka’s trade, economic, educational, cultural and other sectors. The first woman to be in space Valentina Tereshkova and Astronaut Vladimir Lathoff and special invitees were present at the meeting. Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena signed the gazette notification declaring four forests situated north to the Wilpattu Wild Life Park, as forest reserves. He signed it in Moscow while on the Russian tour. Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, S.B. Nawinna, Susil Premajayantha, John Amaratunga and Dayasiri Jayasekera accompanied the company.