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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Auschwitz commemoration without Putin bad idea

The Russian President Vladimir Putin will not take part in the commemorative ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. According to news reports he was not invited. This certainly won't do anything to warm up relations between Russia and the West, the daily Tages-Anzeiger is convinced: "If the guest list for Auschwitz isn't amended, the rift between Russia and the West will only widen. Because there's one ceremony after another coming up to commemorate the spring of 1945. And as history tells us, the Russians have their rightful place at each one. Moscow itself will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War with much pomp on May 9. Such occasions could give top politicians a chance to put an end to current crises like the one in Ukraine. And they could show that they've learned something from the history of World War II."

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