“[…]Polish officials chose to make it clear Putin would not be welcome at the event, with Moscow sending a lower ranking official to represent the country at the commemoration, while Poroshenko would be a guest of honor.”
In my humble opinion, Poland’s understandable reaction against Putin, shouldn’t be considered a general attitude towards Russia, but rather a reluctant refuse to forget Putin’s less than innocent past, which is unfortunately related to the Stasi, the Eastern German oppressive secret police, responsible for the murder of thousands of people, for “crimes” such as attempts to escape through the iron curtain, into Western Germany:
“Putin joined the KGB in 1975 upon graduation, and underwent a year’s training at the 401st KGB school in Okhta, Leningrad. He then went on to work briefly in the Second Chief Directorate (counter-intelligence) before he was transferred to the First Chief Directorate, where among his duties was the monitoring of foreigners and consular officials in Leningrad.
From 1985 to 1990, the KGB stationed Putin in Dresden, East Germany. During that time, Putin was assigned to Directorate S, the illegal intelligence-gathering unit (the KGB’s classification for agents who used falsified identities) where he was given cover as a translator and interpreter.”
I wonder why would anyone expect any Eastern European country, to harbour anything but contempt against a former officer actively in charge for at least 15 years before the fall of the Iron Courtain with the savage political, social and economic oppression of their countries, which left behind a legacy of poverty and misery, corruption and instability, never to leave the shores of the lesser fortunate half of Europe?
And yes, I am by all means a friend of the Russian nation which gave so much to our universal culture, but they should consider flushing down the drain of history, those who perverted the soul of their great nation for way too many decades.
Our backbone seems to be more straight than that of the neo-liberal, western elite, ready to lick and kiss the hands of those who removed the gloves still stained with the blood of millions of freedom loving people.
But we just don’t want to forget that there weren’t the gloves responsible for the hands’ hideous crimes…