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Russian and Polish Defense Ministers Meet In Moscow

Moscow, April 3 (RFE/RL) -- Russian and Polish defense ministers Pavel Grachev and Stanislav Dobjansky met today in Moscow to discuss NATO's eastward expansion.

Our correspondent quotes Russian defence ministry officials as saying that the talks also focussed on bilateral relations and European security. Grachev and Dobjansky ordered the formation of a joint group of experts to draft a new treaty on military cooperation between Moscow and Warsaw.

Poland, along with the Czech republic, is likely to be among the first group of former Warsaw pact countries to join NATO.

Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski said that his country will join NATO as soon as possible after the controversial Russian Duma decision last month calling for the restoration of the former Soviet Union.

Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern about NATO plans to eventually admit former Warsaw Pact countries.