The Russians are Coming! – The Soviet Invasion of Poland – WW2 – 004 – September 22, 1939 [IMPROVED]
Warsaw linked this decision with Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine
The Polish authorities refused to invite the Russian delegation to the ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
As the representative of the President of Poland Krzysztof Szczerski told the Polish news agency PAP on Wednesday, Russia was not invited to the September commemorative events because of its aggressive actions in Ukraine..
Russia has been subject to various international sanctions in connection with the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and providing support to separatists in eastern Ukraine.
According to Shchersky, the ceremonies will be held “in the society of the countries with which Poland is now closely cooperating in order to ensure peace based on respect for international law, the sovereignty of countries and their territories.”.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday evening that it took the decision of the Polish authorities “with bewilderment” and accused the country’s government of trying to rewrite history in favor of political priorities.
“Despite the indisputably decisive contribution of our homeland to the defeat of the Hitlerite Reich and the liberation of Poland from the Nazi invaders, there is no place for Russia in this scheme,” the ministry said in a statement..
Some Polish opposition politicians disagree with the government’s decision.
Former Prime Minister Leszek Miller, who in the past adhered to the communist ideology and now runs for the European Parliament, told Polsat TV: “It’s hard to talk about World War II without mentioning the military merits of the Soviet Union.”.
“If this becomes a sign that he is not being invited as punishment, the Kremlin will only shrug its shoulders,” Miller said..
10 years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin, then prime minister, attended commemorative events in Poland and delivered a speech on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdańsk, where the Nazi invasion of the war began on September 1, 1939. The visit took place despite the fact that Russian-Polish relations were tense at the time. In an attempt to rectify the situation, Putin and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk held talks.
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