MOSCOW (AP) -- Poland warned Monday it would block Russia's entrance to the World Trade Organization if Moscow did not cancel an embargo on exports of Polish meat and produce.Russia hasn't at all been shy about bullying its neighbors in recent memory. So Poland wanting to fight back in any way it can is pretty understandable.
Russia imposed the ban in late 2005 after uncovering what it said were violations of food safety regulations. Polish officials maintain that the country's food quality standards meet EU norms and that the embargo is discriminatory.
"If Russia's position toward Poland doesn't change, we will have to vote against Russia's membership in WTO," Deputy Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski told a news conference in Moscow, according to Russian news agencies.
Poland also warned it would continue to block a strategic EU-Russia agreement if the embargo was not lifted.
Relations between Poland and Russia have been frosty in recent years.Someone at AP apparently doesn't know Polish history too well. Russia-Poland relations have been frosty for years. The Soviet imposed communism on the heavily Catholic country only been one source of hard feelings. You must also remember that Russia took part in several partitions of Poland in the 18th century. There was no Polish state for almost 125 years after the last partition in 1795.
I think the Poles have understandable reasons not to trust Russia.
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