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  • 10 May 2013

    “I am most glad that we are meeting in the Kaliningrad Triangle format for the third time already. Following our meetings in Kaliningrad and in Germany, today we meet in Warsaw. The fact that this is already our third meeting means that this format is working,” Minister Radosław Sikorski said after a meeting in Warsaw with the chiefs of diplomacy of Germany, Guido Westerwelle, and Russia, Sergey Lavrov.


    During the talks on 10 May, the ministers discussed such issues as NATO-Russia and EU-Russia cooperation, key international developments – including Syria – and regional affairs. The meeting in the Kaliningrad Triangle format takes place less than three weeks after the NATO-Russia Council and several weeks ahead of the EU-Russia summit.  


    Participants of the meeting underscored that the Kaliningrad Oblast and the Baltic dimension of European politics remain key aspects of trilateral cooperation. “We highly assess the already operating Local Border Traffic agreement. Germany helped implement the agreement. Now, thanks to the agreement, the number of border crossings has increased twofold from 2 to 4 million. Thanks to Russian clients, turnover in Polish shops in the region has grown by as much as 30%,” emphasized Minister Sikorski. The Local Border Traffic Agreement with Russia makes it possible for almost 3 million people to travel and get to know one another: Russians from the Kaliningrad Oblast and Poles from Pomerania and Warmia-Masuria. It also leads to substantial economic benefits. Visitors from Russia were able to travel to Pomerania and Warmia-Masuria thanks to the 53,000 LBT cards issued by the Polish Consulate in Kaliningrad.


    During their talks, the ministers of foreign affairs suggested organizing a trilateral historical conference in Poland devoted to reconciliation, based on the examples of reconciliation between Poles and Germans, and between Germans and Russians. By making use of the unique experiences of partner cities from Poland, Germany and Russia, the diplomatic heads also put forward a plan to organize a Partner Cities Forum for cities engaged in such cooperation. Ministers Sikorski, Westerwelle and Lavrov also considered extremely significant the implementation of trilateral youth exchange projects. In their discussion, the ministers reaffirmed that trainings for young diplomats from the three countries will be continued.


    “Poland has decided to support the project to dispose of obsolete Russian ammunition in the Kaliningrad Oblast,” Minister Sikorski also informed. The project could become one of the concrete achievements of NATO-Russia cooperation. The rules governing the implementation of the project are currently under discussion. Poland declares its readiness to provide funds to carry out the project’s feasibility study.


    The next meeting in the trilateral foreign ministers format will take place next year in the Russian Federation.


    Marcin Bosacki

    Press Spokesman


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