Poland ready for 'solid' relations with Russia - Tusk

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Warsaw values the initiatives proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday on the development of Russian-Polish relations, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said.

Warsaw values the initiatives proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday on the development of Russian-Polish relations, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said.

"This is an ideal moment to speak openly about concrete issues," Tusk told Medvedev, who is on an official visit to Warsaw. "We accept and highly value your initiatives and are ready for an open, and if necessary, solid, but still friendly relationship and dialogue."

"We are very grateful for your willingness for open dialogue," Tusk added. "I hope that we will continue to share common economic interests."

Medvedev and his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski signed a number of agreements in Warsaw on Monday, including 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.

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 of their bilateral relations.

Ties between Russia and Poland, which were hampered for decades over a range of historical disputes, have been slowly improving 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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