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    NIKEL (Murmansk Region) - Saplings have been planted in the Alley of Friendship in the Russian town of Nikel on the border with Norway as a symbol of neighborly cooperation between Russians and Norwegians living in the north, Sputnik reports.

    The planting event took place during the Northern Character: Green Screen first international environmental, social and film festival, held on the border of Russia and Norway.

    Fourteen seedlings of Hungarian lilac, adapted to the local climate, were planted in Nikel. According to experts, the saplings should take root even though the first snow began to fall during the planting ceremony.

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    "This is a special breed recommended for landscaping in northern cities. The shrubs should take root well, the land is not frozen yet, so the planting dates have not yet ended," Acting Director of the Polar and Alpine Botanical Garden Institute Oksana Gontar told Sputnik.

    "We very much appreciate and carefully pass on the traditions of friendship to the next generation. There is nothing more symbolic than planting a tree together, and in this case, a whole alley of trees. We really appreciate low-key symbolic family events, nothing on a massive global scale," Governor of the Murmansk Region Marina Kovtun said.


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