The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed strong protest to Poland in connection with the incident with the Russian ambassador in Warsaw, Sergei Andreev, during the wreath-laying ceremony. This is stated in the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry, distributed on Monday.
“On May 9, with complete inaction of the police, extremists disrupted the wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers in Warsaw, using violence against the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Poland, S.V. Andreev, and other members of the diplomatic mission. A strong protest has been expressed to the Polish authorities for indulging, in fact, neo-Nazi thugs,” the statement says.
The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded that Warsaw immediately organize a wreath-laying ceremony, ensuring “its complete safety from all kinds of provocations.” “We are seeking from the Polish side that the appropriate measures be taken today,” the ministry stressed.
The incident took place on Monday during an attempt to lay flowers at the military memorial cemetery of Soviet soldiers on Žvirki and Wigura Street in Warsaw.
The ambassador of the Russian Federation, his wife and a group of diplomats who accompanied him were doused with red paint and were not allowed to go to the memorial. The police, who arrived at the scene a few minutes later, surrounded the diplomats and helped them to the car.
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