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20th December 2013
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Polish-Russian 'road map' signed by chief diplomats

Poland and Russia's foreign ministers

The foreign ministers of Poland and Russia, Radosław Sikorski and Sergey Lavrov, signed a declaration on a program for Polish-Russian relations until 2020, commonly referred to as a “road map.”

The officials met on Thursday for a sitting of the Committee on Polish-Russian Cooperation Strategy.

“Polish-Russian relations are better than what the media prints,” Mr Sikorski said after the meeting. He stressed the importance of Russia as a trade partner and investor.

Ukraine question

Speaking on Ukraine, Mr Sikorski said that Poland and Russia have “different philosophies” when it comes to the country. In the view of Mr Sikorski, Poland was prepared to back economic reforms in Ukraine, while Russia has supported the “Ukrainian economy just the way it is.”

Kiev received a bailout from Moscow this week to the tune of $15 billion, as well as cheaper gas prices as of 2014.

Mr Sikorski commented on the bailout, saying that “it's a matter between Russia and Ukraine,” although he didn't see any barriers for Ukraine to continue to pursue European aspirations.

Return of plane wreckage

Poland's top diplomat said that he asked Mr Lavrov to ensure that Russia return to Poland the wreckage of the plane that crashed in Smolensk in April 2010, killing President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other top-ranking officials.

Mr Lavrov repeated Russia's official stance that the plane will be returned after the investigation is over. “The investigation will, I hope, end very soon,” he said, adding that it should be complete by April next year, which would mark the fourth anniversary of the catastrophe.

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