President Andrzej Duda in an interview published on Wednesday in the British Financial Times daily accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of spreading “historical lies” before the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German-Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.
“The words of Vladimir Putin are a complete distortion of historical truth. We give it a very direct name, it is an ideology, it is a kind of post-Stalinist revisionism,” Duda said, referring to the statements made at the end of December by Putin that Poland was partly responsible for the outbreak of WWII.
“Some say it's propaganda, hybrid warfare. Some experts say Putin's words are used for internal propaganda. It doesn't make any difference to us. For us, what counts is that this historical lie is spread all over the world and we absolutely cannot accept it,” the Polish president stressed.
"FT" writes that the Polish-Russian history dispute not only exacerbates the already tense relations between states but also casts a shadow on the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The newspaper reminds that the Polish president was invited to the celebrations at the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem, but decided not to take part in them, when it turned out that, unlike Putin and the presidents of France, Emmanuel Macron, and Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, he will not be allowed to speak.