Looking at my stats for the first time in ages I see we are well and truly into the “Christmas fug” period where everyone has better things to do than read blogs. Either that or I’ve just got a crap blog! Don’t answer that. :)
I found this article tres amusant.
Downing Street is perplexed over Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s claim that British PM David Cameron congratulated him for not accepting condolences from Vladimir Putin in the wake of the Smolensk air tragedy.
The muddle stems from an interview given by Kaczynski to the American version of Newsweek, published on 13 December. Noting Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s embrace of Putin against the backdrop of the Smolensk plane wreckage directly after the crash in April, Jaroslaw Kaczynski remarked that the Russians had handled the affair “skilfully”.
He added that he had been at Smolensk airport the same day to identify the remains of his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, and was offered the opportunity to accept condolences from the Russian prime minister, but declined.
In a letter sent to the Law and Justice leader “David Cameron […] congratulated me on this decision,” Kaczynski told Newsweek.
It goes on to say that the actual letter is available on the PiS website [you need to be registered to access it] and that the only reference to such matters is the following sentence:
“Your dignity and courage, both first in Russia and in the public ceremonies in Warsaw, has been truly remarkable,”
From this, Mr. Kaczyński has concluded that Mr. Cameron was right behind his decision to snub the Russians by ignoring Putin’s consoling advances.
Does this add more fuel to the “slightly off the rails” theory or is he just using the head of a [potentially important to Poland – for example] foreign government to insult the Russians. Like the Russians aren’t already crystal clear on his position. Either way, I would suggest this is not a great move.