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Portland city leaders had to sister city in Russia

PORTLAND (WGME) -- For the first time in two years, a group of Portland leaders are leaving the city and going to its sister city.

That city is Arkhangelsk, just east of Moscow, in Russia. The two have been sister cities for a quarter century.

On Friday, city leaders took off on a trip to celebrate this 25-year partnership.

A delegation from the Portland area took off for Russia Friday morning. Their trip comes at a tumultuous time, with the controversy surrounding Russia's takeover of Crimea fresh in everyone's minds.

Those on the trip say they're not worried.

Portland's sister city has about 350,000 people. City leaders say it has many similarities with the Portland area.