MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. The Polish authorities’ demand that Russian diplomats condemn Moscow’s decisions concerning referendums is a clear provocation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov told reporters on Monday.
"It is a clear provocation and a completely unprecedented incident in terms of diplomatic activities. We leave it to the conscience of the Polish authorities," he noted in response to a TASS request for comment on the pressure that the Russian envoy in Warsaw had faced.
The Polish Foreign Ministry earlier summoned Russian Ambassador to Warsaw Sergey Andreyev to clarify Poland’s position on the accession of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia. In response, the envoy handed the text of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s September 30 address to a Polish Foreign Ministry official. According to Andreyev, he did not receive any official note or document in paper-form. The envoy also said that during his visit to the Polish Foreign Ministry, he had been asked to condemn the Russian authorities’ policy and that they would support him if he did so.