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Russia's Foreign Minister will hold talks today with Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, who has come to Moscow on a working visit
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks today with his Polish counterpart, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, who has come to Moscow on a working visit. Moscow will also host the 4th sitting of the Committee on the Development Strategy of Russian-Polish Cooperation. The official spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Yakovenko, told RIA: "Direct and confident dialogue at the top level is playing a vital part in Russia-Poland relations." Moscow notes the intensive nature of bilateral interaction. "Poland is a vital, though not simple, partner of Russia in the EU, NATO and other European structures," Mr. Yakovenko said. The sides are to discuss acute political and economic issues. After becoming an EU member, Poland remained the largest trade and economic partner of Russia in Central and Eastern Europe (mutual trade may top $7 bln in 2004). The ratification of the protocol on spreading the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement to the new EU members and the signing in November 2004 of a new Russian-Polish intergovernmental agreement on economic co-operation prevented the development of a "legal vacuum" in mutual trade. One of the key immediate tasks for Moscow is to resume the operation of the Russian-Polish intergovernmental commission on economic co-operation. Russia sees substantial cooperation potential within the Russia-EU energy dialogue, military-technical interaction, and transport. Moscow and Warsaw are energetically cooperating in the Kaliningrad region. Russia welcomes the desire of Poland to increase its trade and investment presence in the region. Other vital spheres of interaction of priority significance for the sides are the transport and border infrastructure, construction, food production and processing and industrial cooperation. The two sides want to develop practical relations between their concerned services and organizations in environmental protection. The agenda for the Thursday talks also includes discussion of mutual travel by citizens. Moscow welcomed Warsaw's decision to introduce in November 2004 multiple year-long visas for several categories of Russian citizens, in particular, persons involved in regular economic, cultural and sports contacts. Russia is happy with the decision of Warsaw to issue similar visas to Russian citizens for visiting the graves of their close relatives. Russia will plan similar actions to facilitate mutual travel. Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Cimoszewicz will also speak about acute international problems, in particular, exchange opinions on the development of the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. They will also discuss relations with neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe and bilateral co-operation in such international organizations as the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the Council of the Baltic Sea States
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