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Poland, Russia ink unprecedented co-operation accord

Update: December, 20/2013 - 11:32

WARSAW – Poland and Russia yesterday inked an unprecedented accord outlining co-operation until 2020.

"Our social, regional and commercial relations are better than media reports would suggest," Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said at a joint press conference with his visiting Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

The accord focused on boosting political and economic ties between EU and NATO member Poland and Russia including an agreement on co-operation in the international arena.

"We decided to pursue activity at the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe (... ) but also to reinforce effectiveness and trust at the heart of the NATO-Russia council," Lavrov said, adding he hoped the agreement would "bring a new quality" to bilateral ties.

Russia ranks as Poland's fifth export market and is its number two supplier, mainly in the energy sector.

In 2012, bilateral trade stood at $37.9 billion and was up 13 per cent over the first three quarters of this year on an annual comparison, according to Sikorski.

Russian investment in Poland tallies at $675 million, he added.

Warsaw reiterated it wanted Russian citizens to be able to travel visa-free to the European Union. -- AFP

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