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Russian - Polish relations improving says Medvedev

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Peter Gentle 21.03.2013 11:31
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said Warsaw and Moscow have managed to create “a new framework” for bilateral relations, despite ongoing disputes over the Smolensk air disaster.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during the international conference 'Russia and the European Union: partnership and its potential' in Moscow, Russia, 21 March. Medvedev said that the Euro Group should settle the Cyprus financial problem in cooperation with all concerned parties, including Russia: EPA/DMITRY ASTAKHOV

“Despite difficulties in interstate dialogue, complex history and the tragic events of the recent past, including the death of President [Lech] Kaczynski and a large number of Polish officials [in the 2010 Smolensk air disaster] Russia and Poland have managed to create a new framework for relations,” Medvedev told a press conference for journalists from EU countries on Thursday.

Poland has complained that Russia has yet to return the wreck of the TU-154 plane which crashed in western Russia in April 2010, killing all 96 on board.

“Our economic cooperation is growing and political dialogue continues. Generally speaking, everything goes on as usual,” the Russian PM said.

The Russian prime minister was speaking with journalists at the start of a two-day international conference, 'Russia and the European Union: partnership and its potential'

On the finance crisis in Cyprus – where thousands of Russians have savings – Medvedev said that the EU had acted "like a bull in a china shop”.

“So far the EU together with the Cyprus parliament have unfortunately acted like a bull in a china shop. I think all possible mistakes which could’ve been made in this situation have been made,” he said.

Cypriot Finance Minister Michael Sarris came out of meetings with Russian offocials this week empty handed after he appealed to the Russian government to help bail out his country’s banking sector, after MPs in Nicosia rejected an EU/IMF deal which would have taken savings out of personal accounts to raise 5 billion euros to stave off bankruptcy of two major banks on the island. (pg)

source: IAR

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