Putin not welcome at WWII outbreak commemorations in Poland

In an interview with PolandIN Dr Łukasz Jasina from the Polish Institute of International Affairs explains why Mr Putin has not been invited to the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII.

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Dr Jasina says that unlike 10 years ago when President Putin did attend Poland’s government today is far more serious about the need to stand firm on respect for international law. He also argues that Russia’s narrative that the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact that ‘divided Europe” was not different from non-aggression pacts of the 1930s should come as no surprise, as Russia wants the world only to remember its role in defeating German Nazis post-1941.

The analyst fears that with Russian attitudes hardening it is unlikely that the two countries will be able to agree on a high-level commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Smolensk air disaster which is due next year. One of the reasons is that Russia is persisting in refusing to return the wreckage of the Polish President’s plane to Poland.

Full interview available here.

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