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User:Ezhiki would like this article (about a Russian city) to use the US format for dates. I am well aware of the WP:DATERET guideline, where it reads: "If an article has evolved using predominantly one format, the whole article should conform to it, unless there are reasons for changing it based on strong national ties to the topic or consensus on article talk" (italics are mine). I think a very strong case can be made that this article has, by definition, "strong national ties" for using the non-US format (i.e., the one used by just about every other country on the planet). Namely, the logical day-month-year series/sequence (small-to-large). E.g., 5 February 2013. --Thorwald (talk) 23:33, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
If you carefully read the definition of "strong national ties", you will see that they only apply to English-speaking nations, not to "format varieties". Articles covering the US topics use American spelling/format, Canadian topics use Canadian spelling/format, Australian topics use Australian spelling/format, and so on. Topics with no relation to these countries, however, are free game. We have DATERET in place precisely for the purpose of preventing pointless bickering about spelling/date format choice in articles with no ties to US/UK/Canada/etc.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); February 6, 2013; 13:12 (UTC)