"Now we can expect anything from Putin," La Repubblica's journalists react to the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to attend the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The publication writes that "military aggression against Ukraine … and open support of Russian-speaking separatist terrorists in the east of Ukraine" was not enough for Putin. Instead of trying to improve the relations, "he allowed himself to show unprecedented disrespect to the memory of Holocaust victims and its survivors."
The article notes that the attendance of the President of Russia has been open to question since the beginning of this year. However, the Polish side has done everything possible to avoid diplomatic complications. The country's authorities granted the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum the right to organize the event. "It is a respected organization, but it is not governmental," La Repubblica emphasizes.
In addition, the publication draws attention to the fact that January 27, 1945 it was the Soviet troops who liberated Auschwitz during their "irrepressible attack resulting in the capture of Berlin by the soldiers of Marshal Zhukov." Therefore, the newspaper says that non-presence of Putin is "an insult to the memory of millions of Soviet soldiers who died during the war." "His non-presence at the events of the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust will only aggravate already tense relations between Moscow and the rest of the world," La Repubblica sums up.
Apparently, President Vladimir Putin is more concerned about low oil prices, which hit the Russian economy. So, as of today, January 15, he is scheduled to meet with the head of another oil state – Venezuela and discuss this important problem.