The Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski says he will not veto a new EU-Russia cooperation pact as long as the EU meets certain as yet undisclosed conditions. The move was made in a letter to the Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, who visited Warsaw last Friday to try and reach a compromise.
The sticking point for Poland is meat. Warsaw is blocking consensus in protest at a Russian ban on imports of meat and some other foodstuffs. Russia imposed the ban a year ago after discovering forged veterinary certificates. Moscow says the ban is a bilateral issue. At stake is the future of EU-Russia ties ahead of a summit on Friday. Failure to agree a negotiating mandate for a new strategic partnership would be an embarrassment for the EU – Russia supplies 30 per cent of its energy needs.