Russia demanded an apology from Poland and warned it would not respond after its ambassador was spray-painted in Warsaw on May 9.
“Russia is waiting for an official apology from the Polish leadership regarding the incident and a request to ensure the safety of the Russian ambassador and all employees of Russian authorities in Poland. We will decide to act. What happens next depends on Warsaw’s response to our requests,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on March 11.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has also summoned Polish Ambassador Krzysztof Krajewski to protest protests at the Soviet Soldiers’ Cemetery in Warsaw on May 9, where Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreyev was sprayed with red paint.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said Polish officials warned Russian ambassador Andreev not to lay a wreath at the Soviet soldiers’ cemetery.
Foreign Minister Rau nevertheless condemned the paint splashes and called them “extremely bad”. “Diplomats must enjoy special protection regardless of the policies of their governments,” emphasized Rau.
Meanwhile, Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller and Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said protesters’ anger at the attack on Russian ambassador Andreev was “understandable” and “no reason”. There is no reason to criticize their behavior.”
Immediately after Ambassador Andreev was spray-painted red, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the act, saying that “neo-fascist fans have shown their face again”.
Relations between Moscow and Warsaw are strained because of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine. Poland, Ukraine’s western neighbor, has led calls for the European Union to tighten sanctions against Moscow and for NATO to supply Ukraine with weapons to counter Russian forces.
Kremlin spokesman Peskov last week accused Poland of posing a potential threat to “Ukraine’s territorial integrity.” Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, warned in March that Poland would not pay a high price for the “anti-Russian syndrome”.
Ngoc app (Corresponding Reuters)