„In turn, Anton Friesen, Member of the foreign affairs committee and the committee on humanitarian assistance and human rights of the German Parliament, AfD MP, regretted the decision of the Polish leadership not to invite Russian President to the commemorative events of September 1.

“I think, the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II would be a good opportunity for both sides to meet and talk. Maybe the commemoration of the common battle against Nazi-Germany can help Poland and Russia to reconcile their differences,” Anton Friesen said.

“As a German politician, I don’t want to comment any dispute between Russian and Polish representatives regarding their different perspectives considering World War II. Both countries has contributed their part to defeat Nazi-Germany. Many of their citizen died in the battle against fascism. Therefore, Russian and Polish politicians should respect this fact,” he added.

From his point of view, people have learnt many lessons from World War II and the post-war period.

“One of them is, to be open for dialog, especially in times with high tensions. In this spirit, I hope that Polish and Russian politicians come back to the table and discuss their problems. If you don’t talk, no issue will be solved. Annual anniversaries are a good way to remember the lessons we learned from the past. It’s also important that we teach our pupils in school our history. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes,” the German politician concluded.“

Source: https://penzanews.ru/en/analysis/66283-2019

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