Poland's acting president to attend WW2 celebrations in Moscow

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Poland's acting president Bronislaw Komorowski will attend May 9 celebrations in Moscow of the Allies' 1945 victory over Nazi Germany and the end of World War Two, Komorowski's spokesman Jerzy Smolinski said Sunday.

Komorowski was invited to the ceremony by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in Cracow for Sunday's funeral of Poland's tragically-deceased presidential pair.

Komorowski, who has taken over Kaczynski's presidential duties as head of the Polish Sejm (the lower chamber of the Parliament), met with Medvedev in the early afternoon. Present at the talks was Polish government head Donald Tusk as well as Polish and Russian foreign ministers.

Smolinski said both sides at the meeting agreed that the Smolensk disaster opened chances of reconcilement over Katyn between Poles and Russians.

At the meeting Komorowski announced that he planned to decorate Russians who helped Poland in the days following the Smolensk crash.

Russian President Medvedev before leaving Cracow said that rapprochement of Poles and Russians is needed. He added that both countries are making "a step into the future."

"Tragedies may raise difficult emotions, but very often they bring together and I think that this is needed for the people of our country and for Poles," said the Russian president.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told the PAP news agency that he "hoped the atmosphere of reflection and empathy around the Smolensk tragedy proved to be a step towards reconcilement."

Source: Xinhua


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