Vladimir Putin without invitation to WWII outbreak commemoration in Poland

According to the president’s spokesman Błażej Spychalski, Russia has not been invited by the President’s Office to the commemoration marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII that is to take place in Poland in September.

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Mr Spychalski said that invitations have been sent to the EU, NATO, and Eastern Partnership members, but not to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

“Invitations has been issued according to a contemporary, not a historical context,” Mr Spychalski told private RMF radio.

Last month, the then-deputy foreign minister Bartosz Cichocki indicated that the ministry would recommend inviting Mr Putin to the commemoration. However, President Andrzej Duda’s spokesman said that the consultations with the Foreign Ministry were of an unofficial character. He said that the President’s Office did not ask the Foreign Ministry for recommendations.