July 5th, 2010
02:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama congratulates Polish president on victory

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called interim Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Monday to congratulate him on his election victory, the White House announced.

Obama "said that the resilience and resolve demonstrated by the people of Poland in the face of their unprecedented tragedy remains an inspiration to the world," a White House statement said, referring to the April 10 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and more than 90 others on their way to a service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Russian massacre of Polish prisoners of war.

According to the statement, Obama invited Komorowski to Washington and expressed appreciation for Poland's contributions to the war in Afghanistan.


Filed under: Poland
April 17th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Volcanic ash leaves world leaders struggling to reach Poland

Passengers in Paris, France face the same problems as world leaders hoping to travel Saturday to the funeral of the late Polish President.
Passengers in Paris, France face the same problems as world leaders hoping to travel Saturday to the funeral of the late Polish President.

Warsaw, Poland (CNN) – World leaders' plans to reach Poland this weekend for the funeral of President Lech Kaczynski were in limbo as volcanic ash from Iceland continued to ground flights to and from Europe.

While French President Nicolas Sarkozy was already in Poland on Saturday and prepared to attend services the next day, other key leaders who planned to attend, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama, still faced possible cancellations due to the ash. The White House said Obama was scheduled to depart from Andrews Air Force Base late Saturday, but officials were still monitoring the situation.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, dignitaries and top military leaders were killed when their plane crashed in bad weather. They were on their way to a service commemorating Polish prisoners of war massacred in Russia during World War II.

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Filed under: Poland • President Obama
April 13th, 2010
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to attend funeral for Polish president

President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady.
President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will travel to Poland to attend the state funeral of the Polish president and first lady, who died in a plane crash last week, the White House announced Tuesday.

Obama will leave Saturday night for the funeral on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, for President Lech Kaczynski and first lady Maria Kaczynska, according to the White House statement.

"The president will travel to Krakow to express the depth of our condolences to an important and trusted ally, and our support for the Polish people, on behalf of the American people," the statement said.


Filed under: Poland • President Obama
April 10th, 2010
11:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Condolences roll in after plane crash

Poland President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash in Russia.
Poland President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash in Russia.

(CNN) - World leaders, agencies and officials mourned the death of the Polish president, killed in a plane crash early Saturday.

President Barack Obama:
- "Today's loss is devastating to Poland, to the United States, and to the world. ... Today, there are heavy hearts across America. The United States cherishes its deep and abiding bonds with the people of Poland."

Former President George W. Bush
- "Laura and I are deeply saddened by the deaths of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and all those aboard their airplane.  President Kaczynski was a strong defender of freedom and a friend to the United States.  Laura and I have fond memories of our visits with the President and Maria. On this sad day, we send our heartfelt condolences to people of Poland, and especially to the families of all those lost in this tragic accident.  We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. "

The U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley:
- "This is a horrible tragedy for Poland. We extend to the people of Poland our deepest condolences."

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Filed under: Poland
April 10th, 2010
09:51 AM ET
5 years ago

Polish president killed in plane crash

(CNN) - Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday along with his wife, several top military officials, and the head of the national bank when their plane crashed at a western Russian airport, officials said.

"There are no survivors," said Sergey Antufyev, the governor of Smolensk, where the plane was trying to land when it crashed.

A spokesman for Poland's Foreign Ministry, Piotr Paszkowski, said earlier that it was probable that everyone on board was killed.

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