Russia calls for Polish apology for crimson paint assault on ambassador

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Russia stated a call on what ‘additional steps will likely be taken’ towards Poland will depend on Warsaw’s response to the calls for.

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Russia has demanded a proper apology from Poland and threatened attainable future reprisals after Moscow’s ambassador to Warsaw was doused with crimson paint by protesters.

Russian ambassador Sergey Andreev was jostled, heckled and splattered with red paint by folks protesting towards Russia’s struggle in Ukraine when he tried to position flowers on the Soviet Navy Cemetery in Warsaw on Monday.

Video clips posted to social media confirmed the ambassador being surrounded and splashed within the face with paint on the occasion to mark Victory Day – the Russian vacation marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Polish police later helped the ambassador to go away the scene safely.

“Russia expects an official apology from the Polish management in reference to the incident and calls for the protection of the Russian ambassador and all staff of Russian international establishments in Poland are ensured,” the Russian international ministry stated on Wednesday.

“A call on additional steps will likely be taken relying on Warsaw’s response to our calls for.”

Polish Ambassador to Moscow Krzysztof Krajewski was summoned to the ministry to obtain the apology demand.

 

Krajewski stated he responded to the ministry by repeating the phrases of Poland’s international minister who known as the incident “extremely deplorable” and one thing that ought to by no means have occurred given the protected standing of diplomats.

Polish Overseas Minister Zbigniew Rau stated that authorities warned the Russian ambassador that attending the cemetery risked frightening an incident, in line with the state-run PAP information company.

“Nevertheless, what occurred doesn’t in any manner change our place that diplomatic representatives of international international locations are entitled to safety … irrespective of how a lot we really feel the necessity to disagree with the coverage of the federal government that the diplomat represents,” Rau was quoted as saying.

In an obvious reprisal, crimson paint was splattered over the doorway to the Polish Embassy in Moscow on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Polish international ministry stated. The ministry stated {that a} plaque with the Polish nationwide emblem on the entrance to the embassy had been doused within the paint.

Historically reserved, bilateral relations between Moscow and Warsaw have been tense since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which borders Poland. The Polish authorities has been urging for powerful worldwide sanctions, together with a ban on Russian power sources.

Greater than three million Ukrainians have fled to Poland, and Warsaw has expelled 45 Russian diplomats, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Moscow.

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