Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday put the quick kibosh on a resolution urging him to suspend Chicago’s Sister Cities agreement with Moscow until Russia withdraws from Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Samuel C. Scott III, board chairman of Chicago Sister Cities International, had already registered his opposition to the resolution, only to be overruled by the City Council’s Committee on Human Relations.
But that was before Emanuel stepped in and called a halt to the idea of punishing Moscow. Instead, the City Council approved a vanilla resolution standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the people of Ukraine, but held the Sister Cities resolution.
“I don’t believe that the city of Chicago should conduct its own foreign policy separate from the United State government,” the mayor said. . .