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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland's EU Candidacy Worries Russia




WARSAW, Poland -- Russia is worried that future Polish membership in the European Union would harm bilateral trade links between Moscow and Warsaw, the Russian foreign trade minister said Tuesday.


Mikhail Fradkov said Russian products might be excluded from Poland once it implements EU quality standards, and Warsaw would have to implement EU anti-dumping procedures against some Russian goods.


"There are some 20 such anti-dumping procedures now, for example for chrome, fertilizers, chemical products or pipes," Fradkov said after talks with his Polish counterpart, Janusz Steinhoff.


"We want to avoid the negative consequences for bilateral trade of Poland's accession to the European Union," he said. Poland and Russia have set up a special committee to work on those issues, he added.


Fradkov conceded that Poland's EU membership might bring some benefits for Russia because Polish import duties would have to be lowered to EU levels.