Ban on Polish meat to be lifted?

The European Union is urging Russia to lift a ban on Polish meat. Moscow has maintained it since late 2005 due to health concerns. It comes amid growing calls for the postponement of the EU-Russia summit planned for May 18.

The EU and Russia are supposed to be discussing economic relations and energy co-operation at the meeting in the Russian city of Samara, as well as the situations in Kosovo, Iran and the Middle East.

But Poland is blocking talks on the new Russia-EU partnership agreement, which expires later this year, because of the embargo on its meat products.

In Brussels, the European Commission called the ban unjustified, although it admitted some quality problems.