Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Putin's letter to the Poles

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On Aug. 31, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent a letter to the Polish people where he undertake an historical effort to analyze W.W.II events, 70 years after its beginning.

The full text can be seen here, but below I have pasted a couple remarkable sencences.
"There is no doubt that one can have all the reasons to condemn the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact concluded in August of 1939."
"The people of Russia, whose destiny was crippled by the totalitarian regime, fully understand the sensitiveness of Poles about Katyn where thousands of Polish servicemen lie. Together we must keep alive the memory of the victims of this crime."
Tones and words must have been cautiously chosen, as to avoid a broaden historical revisionism on the World War II events! Indeed, The final idea one might get from the letter is a mix of history remembrance and veiled apologizes.
How will Polish government - but expecially Polish people - react is hard to say. Surely the letter can be either criticized for beign just a public diplomacy effort to get a better bargaining position with US Administration, or considered as a genuine reapprochement between to old adversaries. Only time will tell!

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