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Demolition of Soviet war monument in Limanowa blasphemous action — Foreign Ministry

July 07, 2014, 20:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The demolition of a monument to Soviet soldiers in the Polish town of Limanowa is a “blasphemous action” that violates bilateral agreements, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, July 7.

“Monuments to the Soviet soldiers who liberated Poland from the Nazi invaders during World War II have been vandalized more frequently in Poland lately and there have been more attempts to relocate such monuments without permission,” the ministry said. "Even considering this negative background, the demolition of the monument expressing gratitude to the Red Army in the Polish town of Limanowa (Lesser Poland) several days ago became a truly outrageous act.”

This “blasphemous action” was carried out by the municipal authorities in violation of the Russian-Polish inter-governmental agreement on burial sites and commemoration places for the victims of wars and repressions, which was signed on February 22, 1994, and without Russia’s consent, the ministry said.

“We regard this as an attempt to unilaterally revise the effective Russian-Polish inter-governmental agreement but essentially as the beginning of a ‘war of monuments’. This is happening before the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War. Our Polish partners need to be reminded that lying in rest in their land are more than 600,000 Soviet soldiers who gave their lives for the liberation of Poland from the Nazi invaders,” the ministry said.

Russia expects Poland to “provide official explanations and ensure unconditional compliance with the bilateral agreement and norms accepted in civilized society”, it said.

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