According to Gazeta Wyborcza Polish President Andrzej Duda refused to attend the World Holocaust Forum, which will be held in Israel on January 22-23, due to the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the event .
A 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is organized by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem, which is, according to the site,an alternative to the celebration of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which will take place in Auschwitz on 27 January, the international day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.
In addition, the newspaper notes, a decision by the Polish leader was also influenced by a fact that one of the organizers of this event is Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz , who said that the Poles “imbibe anti-Semitism with their mothers milk”.
At the end of December last year, a discussion broke out between Russian and Polish politicians regarding the figure of the Polish war-time-ambassador , Jozef Lipsky. Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an extended meeting of the board of the Ministry of Defense called Lipsky “A bastard, an anti-Semitic pig, you cannot put it any other way,” due to the fact that in 1938 he approved Adolf Hitler’s idea to expel European Jews to Africa and promised to erect a monument to the Fuhrer in Warsaw. In response, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravecki said that Putin has repeatedly tried to defame Poland due to the prevailing geopolitical situation in the world.