Putin Moves To Calm Poland WWII Tensions

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The visit comes amid rising tension between Warsaw and Moscow over their shared history - particularly over the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact which resulted in Poland being carved up by Hitler and Stalin.

Mr Putin described the pact as "immoral" and expressed sorrow over a Soviet massacre of Poles, ahead of his visit to Gdansk in Poland.

Mr Putin told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza: "Our duty is to remove the burden of distrust and prejudice left from the past in Polish-Russian relations.

"Our duty ... is to turn the page and start to write a new one.

"Without any doubt, it is possible to condemn - and with good reason - the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact concluded in August 1939," he wrote, referring to the two ministers who signed the pact.

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