Such a bitter reaction on the part of Polish authorities was caused not only by the new Russian holiday based on the expulsion of Polish invaders from Russia in the seventeenth century. The bilateral relations had gotten worse after Russia and Germany had decided to build a gas pipe line on the bottom of the Baltic sea bypassing Poland and the Baltic states. According to BBC analysts, the pipeline would permit Russia "to leave Poland without oil and gas for political reasons".
Lekh Kachinski, who is going to replace A. Kvasnevski as Polish president, is already threatening Moscow with a tough policy line. The president-elect has promised not to go to Moscow before Vladimir Putin comes to Warsaw. "For us, it is symbolic from the viewpoint of formulating the objectives of Russian policy that its national holiday has been set for the day the Poles were driven out of Moscow", noted L. Kachinski.