Russia's Putin invites Tusk to Katyn massacre event
(BBC News) -- By Adam Easton
Russian PM Vladimir Putin has invited his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, to a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.
It is the first Russian ceremony to mark the murdering by Soviet secret police of more than 20,000 Polish prisoners of war in April 1940.
The invitation is being hailed in Poland as a breakthrough that could lead to improved bilateral ties.
Mr Putin said he understood the significance of the massacre to Poles.
He told Mr Tusk in a telephone call that their joint appearance at the ceremony in April would be an important symbolic gesture, said a Polish government spokesman.
A former Polish foreign minister, Adam Rotfeld, who now heads a committee tackling difficult issues between the two countries, hailed Mr Putin's invitation as an important event in the normalisation of Polish-Russian relations.
The mass execution of Polish army and police officers in the forests of Katyn and other sites has long been one of the most difficult issues between the two countries.
For half a century the Soviet Union blamed the killings on the Nazis.
In 1990, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev finally admitted Soviet responsibility...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Of course, the Katyn massacre is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of Leftist, Bolshevik and Trotskyite mass murder.
Putin, who has shown signs of having undergone an Orthodox Christian conversion, may be preparing to fend off grasping left-liberal, neoliberal and neocon Western elements constantly haranguing the reborn Russia and constantly leveraging Western "liberal" credibility into wars of aggression by pointing up their own basis and lineage of instigating and underwriting the mass murder carried out by the left-wing governing authorities when Russia was under Bolshevik and Stalinist occupation.
And he would be right in doing so. These people have more blood on their hands than anyone -- including Hitler. Why should they be trusted or honored as the keepers of the moral standards and integrity of Western civilization, or allowed to hold themselves up as projecting Western values, when Western civilization itself (including the former incarnation of America) is based largely upon Christianity -- the very anti-thesis of their own ideology?
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