TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee City Commission voted Wednesday to officially end their "sister city" partnership with Krasnodar Russia.
The City established that sister city relationship back in 1984. The sister city program allows Tallahassee and cities throughout the world to work together for activities as well as increase international trade, economic and community development, and promote cultural and educational opportunities.
Mayor John Dailey called for the termination all because of the conflict in Russia.
"This is not a reflection on Russian citizens who oppose Putin's regime, but this is intended to send a clear message that Tallahassee, like many other communities throughout the United States, will not be associated with Russian governing bodies and that we stand on the side of Ukrainians and their right to self governance," he said.
The city still has five more sister city relationships. Those cities are in Ireland, Netherlands Antilles, Ghana, Israel and China.
City officials also lit City Hall and the Cascades Park bridge in the Ukrainian colors of blue and yellow.
Tallahassee mayor John Dailey released a statement on social media Thursday pushing for the city to terminate its "Sister City" relationship with the city of Krasnodar, Russia in support of Ukraine.
"Tallahassee stands firmly on the side of freedom & democracy," Dailey wrote in a tweet. "In response to the Russian government’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, I am calling for us to terminate our Sister City relationship with Krasnodar, Russia and I have placed an item on our next meeting agenda to do so."
The City of Tallahassee first established the Sister City relationship with Krasnodar in 1984, according to city documents. The city also has five other Sister City relationships around the globe including Sligo, Ireland; St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; Konongo-Odumasi, Ghana; Ramat-Hasharon, Israel; and Rugao, China.
The Sister City program aims to promote activities and exchanges that increase international trade, economic and community development, and to promote cultural and educational opportunities.
"The City of Tallahassee stands in unwavering solidarity with the sovereign nation of Ukraine as they defend themselves against the Russian Government’s unprovoked invasion and war against their democracy," the Tallahassee City Commission agenda said.
The City Commission will vote to terminate its long-standing symbolic relationship with Krasnodar during its next meeting on March 9.
The only recommended option on the commission's agenda is to "terminate the long-standing Sister City relationship with Krasnodar, Russia, in solidarity with the nation of Ukraine."