Russia promises ‘tough’ response after Poland seizes Warsaw building – Reuters



Moscow said on Saturday there would be a “tough” reaction and consequences for Poland’s interests in Russia, after Polish authorities seized a building near Moscow’s embassy in Warsaw – a step Russia called it “illegal”.

The building, used as a high school for the children of diplomats, belongs to Warsaw City Hall, Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Łukasz Jasina told AFP, adding that authorities had acted on the orders of a bailiff.

But the Russian Foreign Ministry called the move a “hostile” act in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and an encroachment on Russian diplomatic assets in Poland.

“Such an insolent step by Warsaw, which goes beyond the framework of civilized interstate relations, will not go without a reaction and harsh consequences for the Polish authorities and Polish interests in Russia,” the ministry added.

“Our opinion, which has been confirmed by the courts, is that this property belongs to the Polish state and was taken illegally by Russia,” Jasina of the Polish Foreign Ministry told Reuters.



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