Russia's food inspection agency hopes this weekend's change of government in Poland will improve relations so that Moscow's long-standing ban on Polish meat exports can be lifted.

In the general election last weekend, the business-friendly Civic Platform party beat the isolationist government of the nationalist Law and Justice party, prompting a spokesman for Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection (Rosselkhoznadzor) to tell the ltar-Tass news agency: "If Poland's new government makes a move toward constructive settlement of the problem of livestock products supply, we are ready to reciprocate."

Russia says it will lift the ban if Poland allows joint Russian-European Union inspections of Poland meat-packers.