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Russia and Poland warming to each other

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Russia and Poland warming to each other


Russia says it will not pressure Warsaw about Poland’s consideration of hosting part of a US missile shield. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski were seeking to patch up relations.

They have been rocky for two years, over the Americans’ defence system and a Russian ban on Polish meat imports. The talks were seen as smoothing the way for new Polish prime minister Donald Tusk’s planned visit next month.

Lavrov said: “We understand that Poland will make a decision based on its own security interests — hoping it will take pan-European security issues into consideration. We just want our concern to to understood.”

Sikorski talked about Poland’s interest in Russian energy supplies and said that Warsaw would drop its veto on new EU-Russia talks.

That veto on a wide-ranging new agreement was imposed in response to a 2005 Russian ban on Polish meat imports.

They resumed in December in a gesture towards Warsaw’s new centre-right government.

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