Russia protests over vandalizing of Soviet graves in Poland

Diplomat of the Polish Embassy has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry

The minister counselor of the Polish Embassy in Russia has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in protest over the desecration of Soviet soldiers' graves in the Polish city of Garwolin.

"The minister counselor of Poland's Embassy in Moscow was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Russia on November 27. A resolute protest and outrage was expressed to him over the latest act of vandalism with regard to Soviet soldiers' graves," the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department said in a commentary.

"We demand that Warsaw take exhaustive measures to search for and punish these criminals, immediately repair the mutilated tombstones and offer an official apology over systematic violations of its commitments to protect Russian soldiers' graves in accordance with the agreement, dated February 22, 1994, [signed] between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the Republic of Poland concerning the graves and memorial sites of the victims of wars and repressions," it said.

In its turn, the Russian Embassy in Poland has demanded that those who vandalized the graves be found and punished.

"On November 25, another act of vandalism was committed at Soviet soldiers' cemetery in Poland, this time in Garwolin. In this context, the embassy expressed its resolute protest to the Polish authorities and demanded that this incident be investigated as soon as possible, those guilty be identified and punished and acts of vandalism be prevented in the future," a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Poland told Interfax over the phone on Nov. 27.

"It is necessary to note that the local authorities responded to the desecration of the cemetery with the same degree of outrage as we did, condemned the vandals' actions, intend to restore the graves and hold the vandals to account," the spokesman said.

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