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Thursday, 5 October 2006

The beginning of a breakthrough in Polish-Russian relations

On 5th October 2006 after the meeting of the President of the Republic of Poland with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland Mr Andrzej Krawczyk gave an interview to Channel 1 of Polish Radio.

The Minister expressed the opinion that Sergey Lavrov’s visit in Poland marks the beginning of a breakthrough in Polish-Russian Relations. In his view the significance of today’s visit lies in the change of atmosphere and climate of contacts between Poland and Russia.

Andrzej Krawczyk admitted that both parties explained their positions on many matters and remained with their opinions. Minister Lavrov assured that the Northern Pipeline is not aimed against Poland’s interests and President Lech Kaczyński presented a situation analysis, which indicates that this project is economically unreasonable and may be potentially used as a means of exerting pressure on Poland.

Minister Krawczyk also said that both parties declared their will to resolve as quickly as possible the problem of the Russian embargo on Polish food. He assured that Sergey Lavrov promised to make sure that bureaucratic constraints in this respect are minimised.

In his statement for the Polish Press Agency Minister Andrzej Krawczyk noted that the discussion with Sergey Lavrov confirmed that in 2007 a meeting is expected of the Presidents of the Republic of Poland and the Russian Federation. The Minister added that during the discussion in the Presidential Palace the general will was declared to strive to arrange such a meeting. “Minister Lavrov said that also for Russia this is important” – assured Minister Krawczyk.
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