Polish, Russian presidents hail improvement in bilateral relations

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Date: 2010-12-07 08:36

The day of the first visit of head of state of the Russian Federation to Poland in over eight years has been branded as "a great day in the Polish-Russian relations" by Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev.

He stressed that although the intention to solve issues from the past was still present, the current visit (that end on Tuesday at midday) meant that "the spirit" of the bilateral relations, "for a very long time, haunted by the past," was also changing.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski stressed that the Polish public opinion unambiguously expresses the view that Poles and Russians are "more and more capable of holding each other in high esteem, of liking and cooperating with each others." 

During the visit, a number of agreements has been signed, including a memorandum on prosecutors' cooperation (that will go beyond, as officials stressed, documents concerning the 1940 massacre of Polish officers by Stalin security forces in Katyn and probing into the reasons of the Apr 10 air crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 94 other high-ranking political and military officials near Smolensk in Russia), the accord setting up the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue as well as a declaration on cooperation in the economy's modernization.

As for other business- and economy-related deals, the two sides signed agreements concerning maritime transport and fighting pollution in the Baltic Sea and the Vistula Lagoon (in Russian, Kaliningradskiy Zaliv).