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Last month officials in the Polish town of Nowa Sol voted to take down the “brotherhood-in-arms of Polish and Red Army soldiers memorial,” turing it into a pile of rubble.
The Polish officials said the monument was an eyesore, always covered in rust and falling apart. However, Poland is a nation where the Russians and former Soviet Union is vastly unpopular.
When Moscow caught wind of this they were furious, calling it an “unfriendly move” and a “direct and flagrant” violation of a post- USSR fall agreement between Poland and the Russian Federation on memorial sites.
Poland counters that this agreement only extended to cemeteries. Now Moscow has threatened Warsaw with the “most negative consequences” for following through with the monument’s destruction.
In a region of the world simmering with military tensions, this is sure to add more fuel to the fire.
MOSCOW/WARSAW (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it was outraged by Poland’s destruction of a Soviet war monument, warning Warsaw of the “most negative consequences” after what it said was a flagrant violation of an agreement between the two countries on protecting memorial sites.
Poland has been one of the most vocal critics of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Russia and Poland share a history of conflicts and the disagreement over war memorials is likely to add to tensions.
“Warsaw must finally understand that the ‘war of monuments’ unleashed in Poland may have the most negative consequences, for which the responsibility lies squarely with its initiators,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
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