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The ambassador, Sergey Andreev, was approached by people protesting Russia’s intervention in Ukraine on his way to lay flowers at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw on Monday, sparking furious reaction from Moscow.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Polish Ambassador Krzysztof Krajewski to receive his protest.
“Russia expects an official apology from the Polish leadership in relation to the incident and calls for the safety of the Russian ambassador and all employees of Russian foreign institutions in Poland to be guaranteed,” said a statement.
“A decision on further steps will be made based on Warsaw’s reaction to our requests.”
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said authorities had warned Andreev that he would attend the cemetery on Monday, when Russia was commemorating the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in second World Warrisked causing an accident, according to state-run PAP news agency.
“However, what has happened does not in any way change our position that diplomatic representatives of foreign countries are entitled to protection … no matter how much we feel the need to disagree with the government policy that the diplomat represents,” was Rau quoted as saying.
Relations between Russia and the West have become strained since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops Ukraine on February 24 in what he calls a “special military operation” to disarm the country and protect it from the “fascists”.
More than 3 million Ukrainians fled to Poland, which has consistently claimed Western sanctions imposed on Moscow were harsh, and expelled 45 Russian diplomats, prompting a hit-and-run response from Moscow.
Ukraine and the West say the fascist accusation is unfounded and that Moscow has launched an unprovoked act of aggression against its neighbor.