Russia’s foreign ministry publishes a statement accusing Poland of falsifying the history of WWII and the post-war period.
The statement is a reaction to Mr Putin not being invited to attend the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII in Poland this September. The office of the President of Poland has defended the decision to exclude Mr Putin and Russia as the celebrations are to have a contemporary rather than historic significance.
In an official communique the Russian Foreign Ministry stated:
“It is with amazement that we have noted the intention of the Polish authorities to organize the commemoration in the format of a meeting of present allies and partners in NATO and the EU as well as members of the EU’s Eastern Partnership. This ignores the logic of history in favour of modern realities.”
It goes on to state:
“No place has been provided for our country despite its decisive contribution to defeating Hitler’s Reich and the liberation of Poland from Nazi invaders.” According to the Russians Poland’s decision “is yet another symptom of the warped mentality of the present Polish administration which for its own ends is falsifying the history of WWII and the post-war period”.
The statement does not mention the fact that on 17 September 1939 the USSR broke its non-aggression pact with Poland and invaded the eastern part of the country, thereby realizing the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.