Coimbra suspends 40-year twinning agreement with Russian city

The city council in Coimbra, Portugal’s third largest city, has suspended its twinning agreement with the Russian city of Yaroslavl, due to the war in Ukraine. The motion was passed – with only the sole Communist Party councillor abstaining. The text condemns Russia’s invasion of “a democratic and independent country, without any justification, causing destruction and indiscriminate death of innocent people,” said the document read out at last night’s executive meeting by mayor, José Manuel Silva.