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Poland/Russia: Agreement On Visa-Free Travel Expected

Warsaw, 13 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - Reports say Poland and Russia today are expected to sign a visa-free travel agreement. But, our Warsaw correspondent reports officials there are surprised, and had not expected this issue to be addressed during the visit of Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz to Moscow.

Officials in Warsaw tell our correspondent that the visa-free travel agreement probably will be signed - but will not come into effect until an agreement on return of undesirable aliens is concluded.

During their meeting today, Cimoszewicz and Russia's Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed a series of agreements, including a joint declaration on measures aimed at liberalizing bilateral trade. Members of Polish and Russian delegations also signed agreements on regulating the countries' mutual debts, on cooperation in air-and-sea, search-and-rescue operations and on cultural ties.