European leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, marked the 80th anniversary of the start of the second world war in Warsaw on Sunday.

But Donald Trump – who cancelled on his Polish hosts at the last minute last week, citing concerns over a hurricane barrelling towards Florida – was due to spend the day at his golf club in Virginia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Polish authorities have put themselves in an awkward situation by refusing to invite Russia to the event in memory of victims of World War II.

Earlier, the representative of the Polish Foreign Ministry said that Russia was allegedly not interested “in the spirit of historical truth”. Therefore, Russia was not invited to the mourning celebrations.

The State Duma said that the actions of Warsaw offend the memory of 600 thousand Soviet soldiers and officers who died during the liberation of Poland from the Nazis.

On Sunday in Warsaw, events commemorating the victims of World War II. Poland invited delegations from NATO countries, the EU (including Germany) and the Eastern Partnership.

The start date of World War II is considered September 1, 1939.

The Nazis destroyed the Polish army in two weeks. The eastern territories of Germany were annexed to Poland in 1945 thanks to the USSR.

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