WARSAW. MAY 14. INTERFAX C.NTRAL EUROPE - Poland remains committed to upholding its veto to the negotiating mandate for an EU-Russia partnership and cooperation agreement unless Moscow lift its ban on Polish meat exports, Prime Minister Jarosalaw Kaczynski told a press conference Monday.
"The veto on the launch of the negotiations is, of course, on," Kaczynski said. "Russia did not bring down its sanctions, so we maintain our veto. Here, nothing changed."
Poland vetoed the talks in November 2006, demanding Russia to lift its ban on Polish meat imports, introduced a year earlier for alleged procedural and sanitary irregularities.
The Polish government was seen softening its stance early April, after giving a green light to an EU foreign ministers monthly meeting in Luxembourg to discuss the negotiations with Moscow.