Minister and Ambassador Meet over Meat Export Ban10 February 2009
POLAND - Talks took place last week between the Polish Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, and the Russian Ambassador to Poland, Vladimir M. Grinin, in a bid to finally resolve the concerns over live animal and meat exports to the Russian Federation.
The talks were preliminary to the Polish minister leaving for Moscow to attend the Prodexpo exhibition this week.
During his visit to Moscow, Mr Sawicki is also due to meet the Russian Agriculture Minister, Alexey Gordeyev.
In the meeting with the ambassador, the two sides discussed lifting barriers over the export of plant products to Russia as well as the remaining problems concerning meat and meat products and live animal exports.
The two countries are also aiming to establish bilateral co-operation in the agricultural field under the framework of the Polish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation.
The talks also paved the way for the visit of the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.