Vladimir Putin and Donald Tusk shake hands in a little forrest near Smolensk. Critically watched by Lech Walesa. Putin goes that far to bend his knees.
That is unheared.
I think I do not have to explain in detail what happened in Katyn (Ger., Eng., german article). What is more interesting in my humble opinion is that Putin stages this very important gesture or act now and what its impact on the relations between Russia and Poland and the EU and the global situation between Russia and the whole of the EU is or can be. Strangely enough euronews only brings a very short notice, similar to the NZZ, that simply acknowledges that something has happened. German newspapers like taz or FAZ bring it as news and according to their political coleur they emphasise on reconciliation or reserve. Only the ZEIT and the BBC cite the former polish secretary of foreign affairs Rotfeld (Ger., Eng.), who interprets the gesture as beginning of the last act of de-stalinization of the Russian society: This would be really tremendous.
On all these pictures and videos I did not see C. Ashton (Ger., Eng.), but I am sure the EU was represented. Of course it is first a bilateral affaire between Poland and Russia, but Poland is a full member of the NATO and, next to Sweden, Poland is leading in developing the European “Eastern Policy”, the “Östliche Partnerschaft” /”Eastern Partnership”. So it has importance for whole Europe when highly symbolic politics are performed in a Russian forrest. In the media the act was outshined by the signing of the latest START-treaty by Russia and the USA. At the festive dinner held in the Hradschin (Ger., Eng.) the American president assured the small Eastern states – non-Russian states that is – that America would keep at its traditional role as supporter of their freedom despite all that easing of tension and possible rapprochement between the superpowers.
Lets allow to get surprised by the combination of nuclear disarmament on international and the policy of detente on bilateral and European level: It is clear that politics are “made” today “in the East” – and “The East” starts somewhere behind Warszawa (Ger., Eng.) and ends on the Pacific coast. The largest part in between is called Russia.
Smolensk, Uman, Winniza … places my grandfather saw in the war, names I heared as a child.