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Poland’s plan to remove paratrooper monument violates obligations, says Moscow

Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova underlined that this memorial was partially destroyed, surnames of Soviet and Polish soldiers were removed, while the placard commemorating the feat of the paratroopers that landed at the site

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Polish authorities breach the 1994 inter-governmental agreement with Russia on memorials by planning to dismantle or deface the monument to Soviet and Polish paratroopers near Sokolow, Greater Poland Voivodeship, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told a briefing Friday.

The diplomat underlined that this memorial was partially destroyed, surnames of Soviet and Polish soldiers were removed, while the placard commemorating the feat of the paratroopers that landed at the site.

"As far as we know, the issue is being decided whether to take down the monument or leave with a certain impersonal placard. Both violate the 1994 Russian-Polish inter-governmental agreement on burials and memorials of victims of war and repressions. We draw attention of Warsaw to the fact that this memorial object was included in the list of memorial sites prepared jointly by the Polish and Russian sides for Soviet defenders of the homeland who died in Poland," Zakharova stressed.