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By the end of 2016, Riga and Russia’s second city, St.Petersburg, will have agreed on a three-year co-operation plan, with a focus on business and logistics.
Vyacheslav Makarov, the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, said during a visit to Riga on Friday August 14, 2015, that the two cities had discussed ways in which to intensify and expand cooperation.
Riga Vice-Mayor Andris Ameriks told BNS that cooperative ties with St. Petersburg are a cultural and historical link between the two cities.
“From a cultural and business perspective, St. Petersburg is closer to us than Moscow or other regions [in Russia],” he said.
Ameriks outlined port activity as a common link between the two cities - St. Petersburg is one of the largest ports in Russia and Riga is the largest port in the Baltic States.
He said while sanctions imposed on Russia are appropriate at a national level due to the situation in Eastern Ukraine, he believes it necessary for Russia and Latvia to maintain co-operation on a regional level.
“[On a regional level] there are less politics, and more human cooperation in culture, sports, business and governance,” Ameriks concluded. “[And] these are things that will always matter.”
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