The Guardian: Putin avoids Auschwitz anniversary event amid tension with Poland

(The Guardian): Russian president Vladimir Putin is to stay away from a major event at Auschwitz in two weeks, marking 70 years since inmates of the Nazi death camp were liberated by the Red Army.

Putin’s absence – he delivered a speech at Auschwitz at a similar event a decade ago – highlights the damage his Ukraine policies have done to Russia’s relations with Europe and presages what is likely to be a series of diplomatic snubs and boycotts in the months ahead as Europe marks the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Hitler’s Germany.

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