In response to the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, Des Moines has suspended its relationship with Stavropol, Russia. In a letter directed to the mayor of Stavropol, Mayor Frank Cownie and Sister Cities Commission Chair Roger Nowadzky stated that despite the two cities’ 30-year relationship, the invasion could not go unchecked.
“We face perhaps the greatest challenge between our two countries in more than a half century precipitated by the unprovoked attacked on Ukraine. This is an act of unprecedented aggression that we, as two longtime friends, cannot ignore or disregard.”
The letter also stated that the action is a suspension, not a revocation, and doesn’t mean an end to the long relationship between the two cities.
“Stavropol has been a cherished and valued friend for many years and we are hopeful that it will thrive for decades to come. Because we hold this relationship in such high esteem, we believe the future can be as bright as the past has been rewarding.”
The relationship between the Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission and Stavropol began on July 27, 1992. Additional Sister City relationships include Kofu, Japan; Saint-Etienne, France; Shijiazhuang, China and Pristina, Kosovo.
SISTER CITIES MISSION
To enhance the global profile of the greater Des Moines metropolitan area by bridging communities and opening doors with international sister cities for mutual benefit in culture, education, technology, commerce, and economic development.