Moscow Welcomes Warsaw's Striving For Cooperation With Kaliningrad Region

During the talks in Warsaw and Poznan, presidents of Russia and Poland Vladimir Putin and Aleksander Kwasniewski intend to pay considerable attention to "interaction of both states in the Kaliningrad direction," deputy head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Prikhodko said. According to him, this concerns first of all the development of transport and border infrastructure and transit through the Polish territory. The Kremlin officials stress that they view the future of Russian-Polish economic relations "in the light of Poland's forthcoming entry into the European Union." As Prikhodko noted, in Moscow they "are firmly convinced that this move must neither become an obstacle to the continuation of active and broad business contacts, nor reduce the volume of trade and economic cooperation, or create additional barriers in the way of communication among people." The Kremlin has highly assessed the latest public utterances by Aleksander Kwasniewski which stress that "Poland is ally No.1 of the Russian Federation in preserving the status quo of the Kaliningrad Region" (a Russian western semi-enclave in the Baltic area), and in involving it into wide cooperation in the Baltic region. As the Kremlin representative said, Russia and Poland show mutual interest in investment cooperation, primarily in the Kaliningrad Region. Both sides have a stake in making utmost use of the existing possibilities to broaden interregional links between the Kaliningrad Region and the north-eastern voivodships of Poland.

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