Moscow has sent a note of protest to Austria demanding to eliminate the damage inflicted to the memorial to Soviet soldiers in Vienna.
"The note of protest has been sent over this incident to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs demanding persistently relevant Austrian authorities take urgent measures to eliminate the damage, find and punish persons responsible and not allow such incidents in future," the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its website.
"Taking into account the international legal obligation of Vienna coming from the state treaty on restoring independent and democratic Austria of 1955 and taking into account the repeated character of acts of vandalism, we again urge the Austrian authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure reliable protection of the memorial at Schwarzenbergplatz Square," the document said.
"During the night on May 7, unknown persons desecrated the memorial to Soviet soldiers-liberators at Schwarzenbergplatz Square in central Vienna in Austria," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "The memorial inscription on the granite cube in front of the monument facade was covered with yellow and blue paint imitating the Ukrainian flag," the statement said.
"We express outrage due to one more stunt by vandals and consider the incident as an attempt to disrupt the ceremony scheduled for May 9 for laying wreaths at the monument with the participation of Great Patriotic War veterans, fellow citizens, representatives of CIS embassies and the Austrian public," the document said.
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