LIHUE — County Councilmember Felicia Cowden will not be traveling to Russia as part of a conference to foster conversation and collaboration between the United States and Russia from May 31 until June 10.
The council received a communication at their May 8 meeting, which was from the Russian Center of New York extending an invitation and offer to pay for affiliated travel costs to Cowden.
“Received effectively means dispose of the request,” Cowden said of the council communication. “I took myself off the guest list and have replaced myself with someone closer to the issue. I am not going to Russia is the bottom line.”
The invitation was extended to Cowden, who received the invite from the president of the Russian Center New York, Elena Branson.
The peace conference will have a “particular interest in Russian Fort Elizabeth/Pa‘ula‘ula on the west side of Kauai,” according to the invitation letter submitted to Cowden from Branson.