Russia's Lavrov invited to visit Poland

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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has invited his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to visit Warsaw in late August.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has invited his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to visit Warsaw in late August, the Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.

Lavrov was invited to take part in an annual meeting of Polish ambassadors due on August 28 as part of his visit, Piotr Paszkowski said.

"The detailed program of the visit is being coordinated," he said.

Last year, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was a special guest at a Polish ambassadors' meeting, he added.

Russian-Polish ties have seen a thaw since the April 10 plane crash in western Russia that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and dozens of Polish top officials. Under Kaczynski, Moscow and Warsaw were at odds over a range of historical disputes, but the Russian leadership's high concern over the deadly crash has helped improve Russia's image in the eyes of many Poles.

Following the crash, Poland held early presidential elections, which were narrowly won by Bronislaw Komorowski, a pro-EU, moderate member of the governing Civic Platform party. Some experts say that Russian-Polish relations are likely to improve further under Komorowski.

Soon after Komorowski's victory was announced, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged to continue efforts to "expand all-embracing cooperation between Russia and Poland."

WARSAW, July 27 (RIA Novosti)

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