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Poland Sets Conditions for Euro-Russian Cooperation Pact


Poland says it will drop its opposition to a proposed European Union partnership agreement with Russia, if the union meets its demands.

Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski told reporters Tuesday in Warsaw his government sent a letter to the EU presidency - currently held by Finland - listing several conditions that must be met before his country will support the pact. He did not provide details, but said he was waiting for an answer from Finland.

EU-Russian talks are to open Friday in Helsinki. But Poland has blocked adoption of a common EU position, making final agreement impossible.

Last week, Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga said Warsaw wants a clear signal from Moscow that it will lift a food import ban on Polish meat and other food products.

Russia banned such imports last year, saying they were unsafe.

The Kremlin responded to the Polish stance with with veiled warnings referring to Europe's dependence on Russian natural gas exports.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.