Police raid does not follow civilized rules of bilateral relations, Foreign Ministry says
Poland will have to deal with the consequences of the seizure of a school run by the Russian embassy in Warsaw, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday.
“We consider these new hostile actions by the Polish authorities as a flagrant violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and an attempt against Russian diplomatic real estate in Poland,the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
“This outrageous decision that crosses the boundaries of civilized communication between states will not be left without a firm response and consequences for the Polish authorities and Poland’s interests in Russia,” he added. the statement continued.
On Saturday, Polish officials, accompanied by police, entered the school premises after opening the front door with a crowbar. RIA Novosti reported that school staff were ordered to leave the building by 6 p.m. local time.
Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina said authorities were enforcing a court ruling over the building that was “Illegally rented by the Russian Embassy for years.” He argued that the school had no diplomatic status and was not protected by the Vienna Convention.
Polish police raid Russian school – RIA
Like other NATO members, Poland imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine launched in February 2022. Last year, Polish authorities froze the bank accounts of the Russian Embassy. Moscow called the sanctions illegal under international law. This week, Russian envoy Sergey Andreyev said prosecutors outright seized the bank accounts of Russia’s embassy and trade mission.
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