Joint address to people of Russia, Poland will turn over a new leaf in Polish-Russian relations

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said Poland is interested in establishing good relations with Russia.

"We are happy that a joint address to the people of Poland and Russia will be signed during the visit [by Patriarch Kirill to Poland]. We are hoping it will turn over a new leaf in our bilateral relations and will become an important landmark in the development of our relations," Komorowski said in Warsaw on Thursday.

"Reconciliation can only be achieved through communication based on fundamental values such as freedom and responsibility, love for your neighbor and forgiveness," he said, adding that Poland is very interested in establishing good relations with all its neighbors.

"We will strive to establish good relations between our countries," Komorowski said.

Poland especially values the efforts made by the Russian Orthodox Church "aimed at disclosing historical truth."

Komorowski said that the evil coming from the Communist totalitarian system "was a great big blow to the people of Poland as well as clergy and laymen in Russia."

"The persecution and suffering experienced by our Churches help us better understand each other. The Churches can do a lot to promote the development of Polish-Russian relations, help our peoples overcome the prejudices and stereotypes that prevent them from looking at each other with trust and hope," the president said.

Komorowski thanked the patriarch for recently sanctifying an Orthodox church in Katyn, Smolensk region, where "thousands of Polish officers and POWs and Soviet citizens were killed "during the Communist cleansing."

Komorowski wished the patriarch health and wellbeing so he can "serve the reconciliation between the people of Poland and Russia for many decades ahead."

Patriarch Kirill, in turn, toasted to "the prompt arrival of a time when Russia and Poland recover from the dim heritage of atheism and become good allies in the establishment on the European continent of a fir world order based on everything good and the truth."

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