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Letter: Russia visit is a lesson on cross-national goodwill

Several weeks ago I was a guest of Buffalo’s Russian Sister City, Tver, for its annual “City Day” celebration.

Tver, which rhymes with “care,” welcomed delegations from Germany, France, Italy, Austria, China, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland, and the United States.

For three days we were all treated with warm hospitality, fine food, cultural exhibits and musical entertainment. We learned of Tver’s founding, significant historical events and future projects.

At the closing ceremonial dinner I was seated at a table with two World War II Red Army officers who both praised the United States. And, on a boat ride along the Volga River, the speaker of the state Duma (Legislature) spoke at length to the delegates about how America has always been there for Russia. All applauded.

For Russia, since World War II, America has always been great. Again, again, and again.

Sean M. Shinners


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