Lavrov Cautions Poland Against Speculative Reading of History
Monday, October 27, 2008 7:56 PM
(Source: Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English)trackingMOSCOW. Oct 27
(Interfax) - A biased interpretation of history could harm Russian-Polish
relations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned.
"When political ambitions, or momentary interests are being mixed in,
objective judgments are hardly possible," Lavrov told the Russian-Polish
Commission for Disputed Issues in Moscow on Monday.
Lavrov said the two countries' joint history should be considered in all its
complexity, noting that, "a selective truth is always dangerous."
"A speculative look at history creates new political myths which spoils our
relations," he said.
An assessment of World War II and of the period preceding it is a task on
the commission's agenda, Lavrov said. Attempts to put the then German and
Soviet regimes on an equal footing are unacceptable, he added.
"We see as blasphemous attempts by some politicians to put the fascist
occupation and the Soviet army's liberating mission on an equal footing, and
to justify the Nazis' accomplices," the Russian foreign minister said.
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