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Russian Naval vessel at Colombo Port last week

Coinciding with a goodwill visit of the "Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Gorshkov" to Colombo Port, a Russian delegation led by its Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yury B. Materiy discussed issues of bilateral importance with the Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva, last week according to Sri Lankan media reports.

Among those who participated in the talks at the Navy Headquarters in Colombo, were Commanding Officer of the Frigate, Captain Mikhailovich Krokhmal, Commander of the Squadron, Vladislav Malahovsky and Military Attache at the Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka, Colonel Denis Shkoda.

The two sides also exchanged mementos, at the end of their fruitful interaction on important bilateral matters, Colonel Shkoda said. "A delegation led by Captain Krokhmal, held a separate meeting with the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne."

He said that the visiting ship crew took part in sporting activities as well, which included a friendly football match with the Navy team that was played at the Welisara sports ground on April 4.The crew also found time to take in the sights and sounds of Colombo.

The Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed the "Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Gorshkov" at the Port of Colombo, on April 3. The 136m long vessel with a displacement of 5,300 tons was manned by 28 officers and 208 sailors. It left for its next port of call on April 6.


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