Budapest and St. Petersburg will further strengthen ties in line with a MoU to be signed by the Budapest general assembly and the Russian port city’s legislative body. Representatives of the general assembly voted unanimously in support of the agreement. Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Vyacheslav Makarov will be in Budapest in the second half of this year to sign the document with Budapest Mayor István Tarlós. Budapest and St. Petersburg signed a cooperation agreement in December 2015. Tarlós met Makarov during a visit to St. Petersburg in September 2018, when the two confirmed their intent to create a memorandum of understanding between their cities’ legislative bodies. The document sets out to start cooperation in city management, sport, tourism, culture, youth policy, environmental protection and the use of modern technology.
The assembly meeting also approved an agreement between Budapest and the Kazakh capital Nur-sultan to become twin cities. The name of the city was changed from Astana to Nur-sultan in March 2019. The mayor of the Kazakh capital, Bakhyt Sultanov, visited Budapest in December 2018 and agreed with Tarlós to raise their already existing cooperation to a higher level.