MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. The expulsion of Russian diplomats initiated by the Polish side may result in actually reducing bilateral relations to zero, Russia’s ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreev said in an interview with Russia-24 TV news channel on Wednesday.
"[We are well on the way] if not towards the formal severance [of relations], but towards actually nullifying them thanks to the efforts of our Polish ‘partners’," Andreev said responding to a question whether the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Poland leads to a break of relations.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev received a diplomatic note from Polish Foreign Ministry on expulsion of 45 Russian diplomats due to their alleged intelligence activities. According to Andreev, "there are no grounds for this" decision. The envoy also stated that Russia is "entitled to make its own decisions on reciprocal steps." The ambassador himself is not on the list of expelled diplomats. According to him, diplomatic ties between the two countries, as well as the work of the Russian embassy in the country, continue. The expelled diplomats must leave Poland in different time spans, the maximum being five days. Their replacement by new employees is not envisaged.