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Poland to consult with Russia on U.S. missile shield - International Herald Tribune

MOSCOW: The Polish foreign minister pledged Monday that Warsaw would consult with Moscow about the missile defense facility that the United States wants to install in Poland.

Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, visiting Moscow, also signaled that Warsaw could soon unblock partnership talks between Russia and European Union.

The new Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, has said he will resume talks with the United States on accepting a missile defense base in Poland but only after consulting with NATO and other neighboring countries - indicating a greater hesitancy over the plan than had the previous government, which firmly supported the U.S. move.

Sikorski, who held talks with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said that missile defense consultations did not signal any concessions to Russia.

"The United States is our ally, and this decision is to be made by the United States and Poland," he said.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:20:54 PM EST
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Poland to consider lifting veto on Russia-EU partnership talks - International Herald Tribune

MOSCOW: Poland's foreign minister signaled Monday that Warsaw could soon unblock Russia-EU partnership talks, and pledged to consult with Moscow about the missile defense system elements the U.S. wants to install in Poland.

Radek Sikorski, visiting Moscow, said the removal of Russia's ban on Polish meat last month has paved the way for Poland to consider lifting its veto on talks between Russia and the European Union.

"I'm very glad that the trade embargo is gone," Sikorski told reporters after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. "I think it would allow us to resume talks on providing a mandate for the continuation of Russia-EU contacts."

He later said Russia-EU talks on a new cooperation agreement would likely begin within six months, the Interfax news agency reported.

"I would be very surprised if negotiations on a basic agreement between the EU and Russia do not begin in the first half of the year," Interfax quoted Sikorski as saying.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:25:52 PM EST
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this is a very positive move. Poland has gone from being a genuine impediment to progress in the EU to being a positive influence. Wish I could say the same for UK.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 11:50:50 AM EST
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So much for all of those Pollack jokes my older brother used to tell.

How many Pollacks does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Any takers?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 01:57:14 PM EST
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