Russian-Polish rapprochement bears first fruit

© RIA Novosti . Mikhail Klementiev / Go to the photo bankRussian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski signed in Warsaw on Monday a declaration of cooperation in economic modernization.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski signed in Warsaw on Monday a declaration of cooperation in economic modernization.

The two sides agreed to cooperate in the research and development of innovative and environmentally-friendly technologies and recognized that Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will promote cooperation between Russia and the EU.

The two leaders signed five other agreements, including a treaty on the fight against pollution in the Baltic Sea and another to encourage cooperation between the Russian and Polish prosecutor's offices.

Medvedev called his visit to Poland a "significant milestone in the history of Russian-Polish relations" and said Russia and Poland should strive to overcome the most complicated aspects in their bilateral relations.

"Unfortunately, our relations have degraded, but there is a real opportunity to give them a new impetus and open a new page in relations," Medvedev said.

Ties between Russia and Poland, which had been hampered for decades over a range of historical disputes, have improved since the two sides were drawn together in grief after the April 10 plane crash in western Russia that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Russia's lower house of parliament recognized in late November the 1940 Katyn massacre of Polish officers as a crime committed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's regime. Poland welcomed the move.

WARSAW, December 6 (RIA Novosti) 

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