Moscow lodges 'resolute protest' with Warsaw as Soviet memorial vandalized in Poland's Szczecin

Russia has submitted a 'resolute protest' to Warsaw after the Monument of Gratitude to the Red Army, located in one of the central squares of Poland's Szczecin, was desecrated

Russia has submitted a 'resolute protest' to Warsaw after the Monument of Gratitude to the Red Army, located in one of the central squares of Poland's Szczecin, was desecrated.

"It is indicative that it is the second such incident [that has occurred] in this city in the past few months - in September 2015, stars were stolen from five tombstones in a communal cemetery's area, where more than 3,000 Soviet soldiers are buried," the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department said in a commentary posted on the ministry website on Sunday.

"Failing to protect monuments connected to our history, the Polish side is demonstrating its complete indifference towards interstate agreements that it has signed. Warsaw gravely violates the provisions of the May 22, 1992 Treaty on Good Neighborly and Friendly Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Poland - the fundamental [document] for relations between the two countries in which the sides assumed clear obligations to guard monuments that are objects of respect and memory for citizens of one of the sides," the ministry said.

"We announce our resolute protest to the Polish side," it said.

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