Bodø will not cancel the friendship agreement with the Russian city

Tromsø chose Wednesday to cancel city twinning agreements with three Russian cities. Bodø will not do the same.

– Tromsø has to make its choices based on its agreements, but for us, the choice to freeze the agreement represents a hope for an end to the war and to be able to talk together again, says Mayor Ida Pinnerød in Bodø a NRK.

Since 1990, Bodø has had Vyborg in Russia as its twin city. It was suspended when Russia attacked Ukraine.

Political editor Skjalg Fjellheim of the Tromsø newspaper Nordlys believes that Bodø is on the wrong track.

– If you think you are letting the Russian people down by canceling friendship agreements with Putin’s state administration in Russian cities, you are on the wrong track. Then you have little knowledge of Russia. This is my impression, she says.

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