President expects govt to arrange Katyń Massacre observances

Spychalski added that Duda spoke to Morawiecki a few weeks earlier and expressed the wish for the Katyn commemorations to be observed in a proper manner by Poland. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

President Andrzej Duda expects Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his government to make proper arrangements for the 80th anniversary of the 1940 Katyń Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet security police, president's spokesperson Błażej Spychalski said on Thursday.

Spychalski added that Duda spoke to Morawiecki a few weeks earlier and expressed the wish for the Katyń commemorations to be observed in a proper manner by Poland.

As he noted, the representatives of Polish and Russian Foreign Ministers, Jacek Czaputowicz and Sergey Lavrov are to meet and discuss the organisation of the observances in the coming days.

When asked if the president will head the Polish delegation at the anniversaries of Katyń and the 2010 Smolensk air disaster, Spychalski replied that many scenarios are being taking into consideration today.

On April 10, 2010, President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, the last President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and dozens of senior government officials and military commanders were killed in the air disaster near Smolensk, western Russia. The delegation was on its way to nearby Katyń to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the 1940 Katyń Massacre, in which close to 22,000 Polish POWs were murdered at the hands of the Soviets.