The first-ever joint visit to the presidents of Poland and the Russian memorial "Katyn" was held today, a year after the plane crash in Smolensk. The two presidents also visited the site of the crash of Lech Kaczynski and announced a joint competition for a monument to the victims.
The ringing sounds Katyn Memorial in memory of 4412 Polish officers and other members of the pre-war elite, stirred up the NKVD in 1940 in a forest near Smolensk. From April 10 this year Katyn ringing also recalls the tragic death of 96 members of the Polish elite of modern times, led by President Kaczynski. They were heading to Katyn, but did not get to the point — crashed in a plane crash "TU-154" in Smolensk. The road from the airport "North" to overcome their Katyn on April 9 this year, 100 of their relatives, and the 11th — the new Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski. He paid tribute to the victims of 1940 and 2010, together with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. In Katyn, the two leaders together for the first time visited.
On behalf of the modern Russian state with the assessment made by the tragedy Dmitry Medvedev:
"The responsibility for this crime are the leaders of the Soviet state of that period. Attempts to provide any other versions are not based on historical documents, nor on moral grounds. "
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski stated that in order to make this a historical question was closed to declassify all documents on Katyn:
"Poland would also like to close this painful Katyn page in the great book of Polish-Russian relations. But to close it, it should be read to the end. "
Today, the President announced a competition for a monument to the victims of the plane crash on April 10 last year. To avoid misunderstandings, the competition will be conducted jointly.
"The inscription on the monument will be in Russian and Polish, but the content will be agreed by the two countries," — said Komorowski.
InNovel Skompskaga Katyn lie four relatives killed by the NKVD, and when the presidential plane crash killed his brother:
"It is good that the policy of Poland and Russia commemorating the martyred here in Katyn. It is a pity that this really slow and so hard to go out into the world, but we optimistically believes that the step-by-step, no shouting, no aggression, no evil emotions we get to the truth. So simple must . "
The tragedy of Katyn has always shared the Poles and the Russians, the tragedy of Smolensk, with compassion perceived in Russia, gave a chance for mutual understanding in the Katyn issue.
Paul Chaly, who lost in the crash of his wife, said that in the year of his sorrow not dim. It's a shame also that the investigation into the accident lasts so long and that the first reports of Russians sided:
"I think that the commission will give its opinion with us in Poland, to find out. Need another report because that report that we have received from Russia, speaks only of the fault of the Polish side and says nothing about wine Russian. "
Russia intends to complete the investigation into Kaczynski plane crash in May of this year.