( dpa ) - The head of the Polish presidential chancellery on Tuesday expressed opposition to the possible lifting of the Polish veto on talks over a new EU-Russia partnership agreement, local media reported.
Anna Fotyga, a former foreign minister who currently heads the office of President Lech Kaczynski, said such a move during an upcoming visit to Moscow by Prime Minister Donald Tusk would "not be a good step."
Fotyga told TVP1 public television that Russia's lifting of a long-running ban on Polish produce imports currently only amounted to "declarations." Tusk is set to visit Moscow February 8.
National conservative Fotyga held the foreign affairs portfolio in the cabinet of former premier Jaroslav Kaczynski from summer 2006 to autumn 2007, when she advocated a hardline stance in relations with Russia and Germany.
President Kaczynski's office has clashed numerous times with the new Tusk administration over who has competence for foreign policy since the latter took office in November last.
New Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski had said during a visit to Moscow on Monday that Poland was ready to drop its veto of renewed talks on a partnership agreement between the European Union and Russia.
Russia in December announced the lifting of the ban on Polish meat and plant imports, which had ostensibly been introduced over hygiene concerns. The ban was however seen by Warsaw as politically motivated and had been a source of diplomatic tension between the two nations, also spilling over into worsening EU-Russian relations.
Poland in autumn 2006 retaliated by vetoing talks over a new EU- Russia partnership deal.