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Poland and Russia look to boost business

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Poland and Russia look to boost business


Poland and Russia are using the first visit by a Russian president to Warsaw for eight years to try to put aside old differences and increase trade.

Dmitri Medvedev said that Russian companies would be interested in having a slice of privatised Polish energy projects.

Trade between the two countries increased by 50 percent in the first six months of this year. Both leaders are keen to take the partnership into new areas.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said:

“I am convinced that we begin not only a new chapter of Polish-Russian relations, but a good chapter in this book that we’ve been writing during one thousand years of mutual relations. We will go more quickly down this path, and with better defined aims.”

Outside the presidential palace in Warsaw, a small group of protesters demanded answers over the plane crash in April in western Russia that killed former Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. Some have accused Moscow of trying to cover up the crash. Medvedev said Russia was committed to full transparency.

Moscow won praise from Poland last month when, for the first time, its lower house of parliament backed a resolution blaming Stalin for the 1940 massacre of thousands of Polish officers at Katyn.

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