Putin wants to alienate NATO members - Polish PM


By waging his history campaign against Poland, Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to alienate NATO members, Poland and Israel, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told Polish public radio on Thursday.

Putin has recently purported that Poland had been complicit in the outbreak of World War II.

"It is exactly one of President Putin's intentions, to split, to separate the United States' allies, to sow dissent between NATO allies," Morawiecki said.

According to Morawiecki, this is why Thursday's World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem offers the floor to French, German and Russian presidents, but not to the Polish head of state.

The forum is being held as part of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp that Nazi Germany built and operated on Polish territory. Polish President Andrzej Duda refused to attend the event as he would have no chance to respond to Putin's potential accusations.

Nazi Germany started World War II by invading Poland on September 1, 1939, and the Soviet Union, a German ally at that time, invaded the eastern part of the country on September 17, 1939, under a secret provision included in a German-Soviet non-aggression pact.

Morawiecki said the Polish government will not give up the fight for truth about World War II, recalling Thursday's initiative in international media. On Thursday, the French Le Figaro, the US Washington Post and the German Die Welt newspapers published a letter written by Duda on the occasion of the Auschwitz camp liberation anniversary.

"For a few weeks now we've been showing in a peaceful, determined, consistent and fully factual manner the truth in various media outlets around the world on how to see the start, the outbreak of World War II," Morawiecki said.

"We're not allowing ourselves to be provoked, but on the other hand we're ready to respond," the head of government said.