Poland backs Russia's entry into WTO: Komorowski

6th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Poland supports Russia's swift accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said Monday after talks in Warsaw with visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"Poland is favourable to the prospect of Russia joining the WTO," Komorowski said.

"This is something that could certainly serve to enliven economic co-operation between our two countries and (Russian co-operation with) all EU states as well," the Polish head of state added.

"Poland, a member of the EU, is concerned that economic co-operation should be based on principles that apply in Poland -- the free market and security safeguards for businesses and businessmen," he said.

Komorowski's statement came on the eve of an EU-Russia summit in Brussels, where President Medvedev and EU representatives aim to overcome obstacles to Russian membership of the WTO and give new impetus to Russia-EU ties which are currently warming.

The last major global economy not to be incorporated into the WTO, Russia hopes to join the organization in 2011.

© 2010 AFP

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