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From the Editor-in-chief
September 17, 2008   
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Two parallel facts, apparently miles apart: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov's talks in Warsaw and the announcement that Poland will adopt the EU's single currency in 2011.

Anyone who had expected the Polish-Russian talks to be a relentless duel over Georgia were disappointed. It turns out that Warsaw and Moscow are able to maintain rational relations and conduct rational talks even in difficult situations.

Lavrov's visit was planned a long time ago and went ahead despite the Georgian crisis. That means both parties wanted it to proceed. The talks encompassed the big controversial topics (Georgia, the missile shield), and also smaller issues. The Caucasus was certainly there in the background, but also important was Polish-Russian trade, which is now worth zl.14 billion.

Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski said that on Georgia, he had stuck to the same position as the European Union. This harmonizes very well with the earlier-mentioned announcement by Prime Minister Donald Tusk that Poland would adopt the euro in 2011.

This means that European guests coming to Poland for the Euro 2012 soccer championships won't have to exchange their money for zlotys. They will be pleased in four years' time. Polish entrepreneurs are already pleased, just like all those who see Poland's strength in integration with the EU. Thanks to this, talks with Russia can also take place on more solid ground.
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