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Europe mourns with Poland

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Europe mourns with Poland


As thousands of mourners queued to pay their last respects to the presidential couple in the capital Warsaw on Wednesday, tributes to Poland’s lost leaders continued to pour in from around the world.

In Brussels, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a book of condolences and paid homage to the late president Lech Kaczynski.

In Moscow, Parliament held a minute of silence to remember the 96 victims of Saturday’s plane crash in Western Russia before starting today’s session.

The disaster has proved a watershed in relations between the two countries, with Russia offering Poland vital support in the aftermath.

In Warsaw the bodies of the first couple are lying in State where they will remain until Sunday’s funeral.

The White House has confirmed that US President Barack Obama will join the leaders of Russia, France and Germany at the ceremony.

Meanwhile the Polish prime minister will shortly announce the date of forthcoming presidential elections, widely tipped to be held on the 20th June.

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