Russia is working to meet Poland's request for help in organising an official visit to Smolensk and Katyn on April 10 to commemorate the 2010 Smolensk air disaster and the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
Russia is using the coronavirus pandemic to wage a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting Poland, Jan Żaryn, the spokesperson for Poland's special services coordinator, wrote in Monday's Wall Street Journal.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed readiness on Wednesday to help Poland organise a visit by a Polish delegation to Smolensk and Katyn in western Russia on April 10 to mark the 10th anniversary of a Polish government plane crash.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that he plans to attend observances of the anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster and 1940 Katyn Massacre of Polish POWs by Soviet security police that Poland wants to take place on April 10 in Russia.
The Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP) foundation in Spain on Wednesday thanked Poland for saving the five tigers which arrived at their animal rescue centre. In October, tigers being smuggled from Italy to Russia were stranded for days at the Polish-Belarusian border.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told PAP on Wednesday that it had confirmed earlier reports that a Polish citizen had died on Mount Elbrus, in the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia. The Pole disappeared on Tuesday.
Sixty percent of Poles positively assess the actions taken by President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the international stage after Russian President Vladimir Putin verbally attacked Poland, according to a survey by IBRiS pollster.
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.
Leading commentator for daily newspaper Haartz, Anshel Pfeffer, wrote that despite Putin’s ‘vast propaganda network portraying the Red Army as liberators’, Israel “was always going to side with Vladimir Putin” and that Poland was “a victim of Holocaust geopolitics.”
In today’s Politico magazine, Morawiecki wrote: “Renewed attempts to paint Poland as a perpetrator, rather than a victim, can’t be tolerated. Russian historical propaganda regarding World War II is an unworthy lie and a deceitful attempt to blame others for the Soviet Union’s actions.”