MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. Warsaw's brazen provocation against Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev is a gross violation of the general rules of diplomatic communications, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday.
She said that on October 3, Russian Ambassador to Warsaw Sergey Andreev was summoned by the Polish Foreign Ministry, where a high-ranking Polish diplomatic official "resorted to an outrageous provocation, having offered the head of the Russian diplomatic mission, in exchange for some sort of ‘support’ from the Polish authorities, to publicly speak out against the special operation of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine and to distance himself from the political course of our country as a whole."
According to her, Andreev said in response to the Polish diplomat "not to waste his time and expressed his stance on the developments in Ukraine."
"Such an intentionally underhanded approach to the Russian ambassador is a major violation of the generally accepted rules of diplomatic communication and speaks to the Polish Foreign Ministry’s disrespect of all norms of professional ethics," Zakharova said. "We resolutely condemn this blatant provocation."
She stressed that the recent situation with the Russian ambassador was not the first such case.
"It should be stated that Western counteragents have increasingly made similar futile efforts recently, which are often exerted by unofficial persons, in their hope to ‘lure’ Russian diplomats and high-ranking state officials away to their side with promises of ‘personal benefits’," Zakharova stated.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman called "on our former partners against harboring illusions as all of such moves and escapades are doomed to failure."
"The fact that the staff of Foreign Ministries in a number of Western countries has resorted to provocative tools completely undermines their credibility in the capacity of diplomats. We advise official envoys of other countries to take note of such methods of work, which are inadmissible in the professional diplomatic community," Zakharova added.