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Aleksander Kwasniewski has not changed his mind to visit to Russia
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has not changed his mind to come to Moscow for celebrating the 60th anniversary of Victory over Nazism. He said so at the briefing after meeting with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus on Wednesday. Earlier this week, Mr. Adamkus said he was not going to come. And so did Estonian President Arnold Ruutel. Mr. Kwasniewski said that he respected the decision of Mr. Adamkus but still was not going to change his mind and would come to Moscow on May 9. "The situation in post-war Poland was different from Lithuania's: Poland could set up its own state institutions and carry out its own foreign policy", the Polish president said. Speaker of Russia's Federation Council Sergei Mironov thinks "a big historical mistake" the refusal of the Estonian and Lithuanian presidents to come to Moscow for Victory Day celebrations. "These gentlemen are making a big historical mistake, but history will put everything in its stead", the speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament told journalists on Wednesday. Mr. Mironov is convinced that "the future generations in Lithuania and Estonia will make their own assessment of this unseemly deed and draw their own conclusions". He said that only the president of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who accepted the invitation to come to the Victory Day celebrations, took a "wise and far-seeing" decision. "These days a major summit will gather in Moscow. Summiteers will recall how the whole world took a united stand against the Nazy threat. Now, that the world is faced with the threat of terrorism, lessons should be drawn from it", Mr. Mironov stressed. "It looks like the leaders of Estonia and Lithuania have not learnt lessons for themselves", Mr. Mironov said
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