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Vladivostok and Cebu sign friendship and cooperation agreement

8 September 2022
Владивосток и Себу подписали соглашение о дружбе и сотрудничестве

As part of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum, a friendship and cooperation agreement was signed between Vladivostok and the Philippine city of Cebu at the Administration of Vladivostok. The document was signed by the cities’ mayors, Konstantin Shestakov and Michael Lopez Rama, in a virtual ceremony.

Present in person were Robert O. Ferrer Jr., the Consul General of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Russia; Catherine Alpay, Vice Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Russia; Darya Stegniy, Deputy Mayor of Vladivostok; Mariane Vida Cara, Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Russia; and Vadim Vetolsky, Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Philippines in Vladivostok.

“There is more than three thousand kilometres between us, but distance means very little when it comes to friendship,” Konstantin Shestakov, Mayor of Vladivostok, said in welcoming the guests. “We are keen to establish stable ties between our cities in the most varied of fields, from socio-cultural to economic. We can organize exchanges for children’s and student delegations, joint sports and cultural events, and all manner of master classes, especially given the opportunities afforded by modern information technology, thanks to which we have been able to sign our agreement virtually.”

The Mayor of Vladivostok added that this year marks 46 years since diplomatic relations were established between the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Philippines. Russian–Philippine relations nowadays hold potential for deepening multifaceted engagement.

In turn, Cebu Mayor Michael Lopez Rama expressed confidence that joint efforts would take cooperation to a whole new level, and that the agreement would facilitate the implementation of joint projects in different areas.


Photo by: Yury Smityuk / TASS photohost agency