Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said the declaration on Russian-Polish trade and economic, financial, and scientific-technological cooperation was a "new impulse and trajectory for the two countries' further cooperation". Kasyanov signed this document together with his Polish colleague Leszek Miller. Kasyanov stressed that the declaration became the result of the talks comprising all issues of Russian-Polish relations, held in Moscow the day before. The parties agreed to step up their work in all avenues, holding, in particular, regular ministers' meetings and sessions of the intergovernmental commission. "This is especially crucial as part of the preparation for the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Poland to take place next January," the Russian Prime Minister emphasised. The declaration deals with issues of Russian-Polish cooperation in the oil and gas sphere. A special working group is to analyse the current state of affairs in this field before the presidential visit takes place. The two sides' experts will discuss, in particular, the issues of exploitation or construction of new routes for the Russian gas exports.
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