Poland Hesitant to Lift Russia Veto

WARSAW -- Poland will hesitate to lift its veto on the European Union's partnership talks with Russia until big EU powers agree to put Georgia and Ukraine on a clear path to join NATO, Polish President Lech Kaczynski said on Wednesday.

A NATO summit last week reached a hard-fought compromise under which it declared the two nations could join the alliance one day but refused their plea for a plan for entry, the Membership Action Plan.

Kaczynski hailed the compromise but said it showed some EU nations allowed Russia, which warned the West against admitting the two, to wield a de facto veto power over who joins NATO.

"Only not fully politically informed people would think that what happened with the MAP [for Ukraine and Georgia] had nothing to do with Russia's opposition," Kaczynski said.