RENO, Nev. — President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine referred to as out a number of American towns for having sister towns in Russia right through a video deal with to america Convention of Mayors assembly on Friday.
Mr. Zelensky, who spoke to the collection of mayors simply after Vice President Kamala Harris, criticized Chicago; Jacksonville, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; San Diego and San Jose, Calif., for keeping up sister-city ties in Russia. He stated the ones relationships must be severed.
“What do the ones ties give to you? Most probably not anything,” Mr. Zelensky stated. “However they permit Russia to mention that it isn’t remoted.”
Chicago introduced previous this 12 months that it was once suspending, however now not completely finishing, its sister-city dating with Moscow, which were in position since 1997. Native shops in San Jose reported previous this 12 months that metropolis leaders made up our minds to maintain a sister-city dating with Ekaterinburg, Russia. As of Friday, internet sites for the sister-city techniques in Portland, San Diego and Jacksonville persisted to record Russian companions.
Many American municipalities have sister-city relationships in different nations. Despite the fact that the partnerships can come with industry and political exchanges, the relationships are in large part symbolic and are every so often administered by means of native nonprofit organizations.
However Mr. Zelensky, who spoke to the mayors 100 days after Russia invaded his nation, stated it was once unsuitable to offer Russia even the smallest little bit of added credibility.
“Don’t make any excuses; don’t care for members of the family with Russia,” stated Mr. Zelensky, whose speech gained applause from the mayors and town staff who had accumulated in Reno, Nev. “And please don’t let those that turned into murderers name your towns their sister towns.”
Officers in Portland referred to a remark from Sister Towns Global urging towns to not sever ties with their Russian companions. Officers within the different American towns that Mr. Zelensky named didn’t in an instant reply to requests for remark.