Burlington mayor still encourages relationships with Russian sister city’s residents

While Burlington’s official sister city relationship with a Russian city is still suspended, Mayor Miro Weinberger encourages relationships with people.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 7:48 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - While Burlington’s official sister city relationship with Yaroslavl remains suspended, Mayor Miro Weinberger says he encourages relationships with its people.

Following an executive order by Gov. Scott, Weinberger last week made the decision to suspend the official diplomatic government relationships with Yaroslavl in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But Weinberger says he supports the sister city program’s efforts to maintain relationships with the city’s people and says that can be useful to keep information flowing.

The program director says many people in Burlington have dear friends in Russia and there should be a distinction between Putin’s war and the teachers and musicians and small business owners who oppose the war and live in fear.

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