Crash Strains Polish-Russian Ties

The tragic plane crash Saturday, which took the lives of Poland’s president and many of the country’s leading officials, came at a delicate moment in relations between Russia and Poland. After decades of suspicion, Polish leaders were trying to better ties with the power to their east. Only days earlier, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had become the first Russian leader to commemorate the massacre of Polish officers during World War II at Katyn Woods, the site the Polish leaders were trying to reach. “All Russians share your mourning,” Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said.