Only 20 of the 98 delegates who originally announced their participation in the funeral of Poland were present at the ceremony Sunday. Among the leaders who arrived to Krakow were the Russian presidents – Dmitry Medvedev, Czech Republic – Vaclav Klaus, Ukraine – Viktor Yanukovych, Romanian – Traian Basescu, Georgia – Mikheil Saakashvili. Most European leaders initially expected to Krakow have declined participation in the funeral because of blocked air traffic in Europe. They include European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, but President of the EU, Herman Van Rompuy. The list absent were and French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Although seemingly incomprehensible absence of Chancellor Angela Merkel (in fact, returns from the United States Mrs. Merkel was forced to travel on Rome-Berlin distance by car) was prevented from participating German President Horst Koehler. European Parliament President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, however, came from Brussels, covering 1,300 kilometers by car.
Czech President, Vaclav Klaus has criticized Sunday the absence of EU leaders at funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, holding that it “has no excuse” reports AFP.
Russia has assumed full gesture to support Poland in this context dramatically. And this seems to matter in the eyes of the authorities in Warsaw. Interim President Bronislaw Komorowski declaration, that “Kaczynski’s legacy means Reconciliation – in domestic and international” is enlightening. In addition, “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday invited the Interim Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in Moscow for ceremonies of the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. Bronislaw Komorowski has accepted the invitation and will lead to Moscow” announced Jerzy Smolinski, Komorowski’s spokesman. This rapprochement between the two presidents comes amid an already good friends among PMs Putin and Tusk. Note that Lech Kaczynski was invited to Moscow for ceremonies in Red Square on May 9, but wasn’t official response. He would announce his decision after the April 10 visit to Katyn related ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 22,000 Polish officers by Stalin’s police. The Speech that to be delivered to the Katyn is still quite difficult to predict what would be decided the defunct president. But the fact is that the tragedy of Smolensk has given rise to approaches and heating of the Polish-Russian relations, listed as difficult to date. Life and history seem to have their methods to teach us something when we not try to teach ourselves. Was it necessary such a major tragedy for to mitigate the effects of another tragedy that has divided two nations 70 years time ?