Slovakia and Poland to discuss energy cooperation

The prime ministers of Slovakia and Poland met Tuesday to discuss closer energy cooperation and how to diversify their countries' supplies of gas and other fuel, a news agency reported. "It is important to contemplate how to effectively diversify current sources of energy and how to find new alternative sources," the TASR news agency quoted Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda after meeting his Polish counterpart Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz in Bratislava. Seeking out alternative sources of energy has been high on the agenda of countries in the region since a price dispute between Russian and Ukraine resulted in a three-day cutoff of natural gas supplies to Ukraine. The dispute raised concern in many nations in the region that remain heavily dependent on energy supplies from Russia.

The two prime ministers also discussed closer cooperation in infrastructure, saying preparatory work started on the construction of a new road between the town of Rzesow in southeastern Poland and Slovakia's eastern town of Presov, TASR said, reports the AP. N.U.