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Friday, 12 August 2005

Telephone conversation between the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of the Russian Federation

On 12 August 2005, President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski held a telephone conversation with President Vladimir Putin.
President of the Republic of Poland related the concerns of the Polish side attaching to the mounting tensions that are detrimental to the interests of both countries concerned. He also appealed for forceful measures to be undertaken with the aim of apprehending the organizers and perpetrators of the Moscow attacks on Polish citizens and securing future safety of Poles staying in Russia. The President stressed that Poland is keenly interested in overcoming the current tensions and desires to develop bilateral relations in the spirit of good neighborly cooperation. He pointed out that the Presidents of both countries should do their utmost to restore normal relations between Russia and Poland – in the interest of both the countries and the whole of Europe.
President V. Putin said he shared the concerns of President A. Kwaśniewski as regards the safety of Polish citizens and the future development of Polish-Russian cooperation. He expressed his apprehensions concerning pronouncements made by certain Polish politicians and media that are of disservice to the climate and substance of Polish-Russian relations. He unequivocally denounced the militant gestures and acts of hooliganism witnessed in Russia and Poland. President Putin assured that the Russian side will take all due steps necessary to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of violent attacks on Polish citizens. He also offered words of apology for the incidents and pledged firm intent to cooperate towards overcoming tensions and resolving misunderstandings.  
President A. Kwaśniewski informed President V. Putin about the full-force investigation conducted into the assault on the children of Russian diplomats and about three suspects being detained for questioning in connection with the case.

Both Presidents affirmed their intention to meet in person, possibly during the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly.

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