Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
13th May, 2016
The deputies of the Kiev city council sent a letter to the Russian government on the termination of bilateral agreements on the “twinning relationship” between the Ukrainian capital and Moscow. The corresponding letter was posted on the Facebook page of the Deputy mayor of Kiev and Secretary of Kiev city council – Volodymyr Prokopiv.
Earlier, the deputies of the Kiev city council supported the initiative for the termination of bilateral agreements on the “twinning relationship” between the Ukrainian capital and a number of Russian cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.
“In accordance with the decision of the Kiev city Council, Kiev unilaterally severs all previously signed agreements about twinning, partnerships, and cooperation with Moscow,” said the letter of the city council sent to the government of the Russia.
Earlier, the deputies of the “Svoboda” nationalist party in the Kiev city council proposed to terminate the bilateral agreement on “sister-city relationships” between the Ukrainian capital and a number of Russian cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. Later, the authorities of the Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi decided to terminate the partnership with Tver and Ivanovo, and notified the city Duma of the Russian twin-cities. However, press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov expressed deep regret at the position of Kiev on the rupture of relations with Russian sister cities.