THE nation’s capital is pondering the idea of reviving its sister-city relations with Moscow, after Russian Ambassador Marat Pavlov paid a courtesy visit to Mayor Isko Moreno over the weekend.
The ambassador had a meeting with Moreno, who expressed excitement over the planned revival of said relations between the two capital cities, saying he welcomes anything and everything as long as Manila will benefit from it.
Ambassador Pavlov told Moreno that he is looking forward to the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Moscow and Manila, as he also invited Moreno to attend an online conference organized by the Russian government with various major cities on March 17 to discuss matters concerning the pandemic.
“We always welcome things which we can duplicate, emulate or learn from,” Moreno replied, noting that under the sister-city relations, there will be an exchange of information and assistance in terms of tourism culture, economy, science, and technology, among others.
Moreno said he would be happy to sign the agreement that would renew the sister-city ties of Manila and Moscow, especially since such a relation between the two cities, was last established way back in 1997 or about 23 years ago.
When the discussion shifted to the ongoing pandemic, Moreno told Pavlov that the city has a vaccination storage facility that can accommodate all kinds of vaccines since it is able to meet any temperature needed.
“Any vaccine that can be accessed by the city of Manila can be stored properly,” Moreno said.
Moreno presented Pavlov with a key to the city and a mat bearing the map of Intramuros as its design. In return, Pavlov gave Moreno a bottle of fish vodka and a box of chocolates. ANDI GARCIA