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October 28, 2021

Medvedev salutes fallen Soviet soldiers in Poland

Prior to leaving Poland for an EU summit, Russian President Medvedev laid a wreath, Tuesday morning, at Warsaw’s Soviet Military Cemetery, according to thenews.pl. Raised in the years 1949-1950, the cemetery contains the remains of over 20,000 Soviet soldiers who fell during the collapse of the Nazi occupation of Poland. Russia’s leader also took part in the launch of the V Forum of Polish-Russian Dialogue. The opening was attended by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
On Monday evening at a press conference in Warsaw, Medvedev and Komorowski hailed a “new chapter’ in the often fraught and bitter relations between Poland and Russia. “We’ve opened a new, good chapter in Polish-Russian relations, in a book that both nations have been writing for a thousand years,” said President Komorowski after a couple of hours of talks at the Presidential Palace.

Both politicians were eager to talk of the future, with new trade deals and bilateral agreements between Warsaw and Moscow. But Med­vedev was also keen to emphasise that Russia was no longer stuck in a Cold War mentality when dealing with its former communist allies. “Recently Russia has taken a series of unprecedented steps, in­cluding the Duma’s resolution on the Katyn massacre and declassi­fication of the Katyn files,” said Medvedev, touching on what are still raw nerves in Poland. “We will continue taking this path. Russians should know the truth. They should know that many, many Poles and Russians died in the past as a result of repression,” he added.

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