Kremlin backs Polish victor, promises better ties

5th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday telephoned Bronislaw Komorowski to congratulate him on his victory in Poland's presidential election and the two leaders pledged better ties, the Kremlin said.

"Dmitry Medvedev cordially congratulated Bronislaw Komorowski and the entire people of Poland on the success of the presidential election campaign which resulted in his win with a clear margin," the Kremlin said in a statement.

"Both sides stressed their readiness to spare no effort to overcome earlier difficulties in bilateral ties and build partnerlike relations in the spirit of genuine neighborly cooperation."

The snap poll was forced by the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in Russia in April.

In the polls, Komorowski defeated ex-prime minister and conservative challenger Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who like his brother Lech, has had difficult relations with the Kremlin.

Following the tragedy that killed scores of the Polish elite, ties between Moscow and Warsaw have experienced a renaissance with pledges of mutual assistance and cooperation.

© 2010 AFP

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