Source Pravda.Ru

Putin To Visit Poland To Improve Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin embarks on his first official visit to a former eastern bloc state this week, traveling to Poland which escaped the Soviet orbit and is now a member of NATO. Putin will address parliament in Warsaw and visit a trade fair in the western city of Poznan, aiming to consolidate improvements to ties that were testy in the early post-Cold War days, and settle long-running questions over gas pipelines. "This trip should be a symbol of closer economic cooperation and the role of Russian companies in eastern Europe. As Putin always has a pragmatic approach, he will stress economic ties," said Alexander Pikayev of the Carnegie Endowment think-tank in Moscow. Marek Siwiec, national security adviser to Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski, predicted a "new opening in relations". "Poland and Russia are becoming more stable and behaving as countries which know each other increasingly well," the Russia Journal quoted him as saying.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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