Russian President Vladimir Putin will not take part in events commemorating the 70th anniversary of liberating Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, a Kremlin spokesperson confirmed. No official reason was given, however according to Reuters, Putin decided not to attend due to “an atmosphere of distrust caused by the Ukrainian conflict.”
“There are no invitations, nations can decide on their own who will represent them at the event,” said presidential advisor Tomasz Nałęcz. “The International Auschwitz Council [responsible for organizing the anniversary] invited the whole world to participate, including Russia,” Nałęcz added.
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified foreign states by sending a “note verbale” (an unofficial diplomatic invitation). An anonymous source cited by Reuters claimed that President Putin was to feel offended with this way of treating the Russian delegation.
The Nazi-run Auschwitz concentration camp where over 1 million people had been killed, was liberated in January 27, 1945 by the Soviet Red Army.