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Poland, Russia to resolve meat export ban

Dec. 11, 2007 at 5:50 PM   |   Comments

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Polish agriculture minister was set to travel to Russia to discuss lifting a ban on Polish meat imports that Moscow imposed two years ago.

Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki was to visit Moscow Wednesday for talks with his Russian counterpart Aleksei Gordeyev on the meat ban issue, Polish Radio said Tuesday.

Polish and Russian officials have indicated Moscow is likely to lift the ban and the new Polish government of liberal Prime Minister Donald Tusk would lift a veto on Moscow's access talks with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.

Russia banned imports of Polish meat because of reported low quality in 2005, straining bilateral relations.

The nationalist government of former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski in May blocked Russia's talks with the OECD in an apparent retaliation for the meat ban.

Tusk, who became the prime minister in mid-November, has said his government will change the decision taken by the Kaczynski Cabinet.

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