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On Wednesday, Russia demanded a formal apology from Poland and threatened possible future retaliation for a protest in which Moscow’s ambassador to Warsaw was sprayed with red paint.
Ambassador Sergey Andreev was accosted by people protesting Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as he went to lay flowers at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw on Monday, prompting a furious reaction from Moscow.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Polish Ambassador Krzysztof Krajewski to receive his protest.
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“Russia expects a formal apology from the Polish leadership regarding the incident and demands that the safety of the Russian ambassador and all employees of Russian foreign institutions in Poland be ensured,” he said in a statement. a statement.
“A decision on further measures will be taken depending on Warsaw’s reaction to our demands.”
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said authorities had warned Andreev that visiting the cemetery on Monday, as Russia commemorated the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, risked cause an incident, according to the official PAP news agency.
“However, what happened does not change our position that diplomatic representatives of foreign countries are entitled to protection … no matter how much we feel the need to disagree with government policy that the diplomat represents,” Rau said. quoted as saying.
Relations between Russia and the West have been strained since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it calls a “special military operation” to disarm the country and protect it from “fascists”. “.
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More than 3 million Ukrainians have fled to Poland, which has consistently advocated tough Western sanctions on Moscow and expelled 45 Russian diplomats, prompting a tit for tat response from Moscow.
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Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that Moscow launched an unprovoked act of aggression against its neighbor.
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