The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in Warsaw on Monday 6th December 2010 to discuss issues such as the 1940 Katyn massacre, the plane crash at Smolensk in which the Polish President Lech Kaczynski died, Russian security co-operation with the EU and NATO as well as signing agreements on preventing pollution in the Baltic.
Poland is “looking favourably” on Russian efforts to join the World Trade Organisation. The entry talks were suspended by the USA following the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Under Barack Obama’s administration, matters have thawed somewhat.
Talks are also on-going concerning the possibility of a pan-Russian / European integrated missile shield which would share third country information and create a cohesive infrastructure for missile co-ordination in the greater Euro-Russian area.
Later in the day, the Russian President met the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, then laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Warsaw’s Pilsudki Square.
In the evening, the two Presidents and their respective spouses attended a performance of Vladimir Vysotsky songs in the Soho Factory in Warsaw’s Praga. The occasion marks 30 years since the death of the Russian poet and singer.