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Polish Foreign Ministry says situation is ‘serious’ after attack on Russian ambassador

"We realize the situation is serious and are monitoring it," Lukasz Jasina said

WARSAW, May 10. /TASS/. The Polish Foreign Ministry, following the attack on the Russian ambassador to the country, Sergey Andreyev as he attempted to lay flowers at the memorial cemetery of Soviet soldiers in Warsaw, said that it recognized the seriousness of the situation, Lukasz Jasina, the ministry’s spokesman, said on Monday.

"We realize the situation is serious and are monitoring it," he was quoted as saying by the Polish Press Agency.

The Russian ambassador to Poland on Monday arrived at the military memorial cemetery of Soviet soldiers in Warsaw in a diplomatic car with a Russian flag. As he stepped out of the car, he was surrounded by an aggressive crowd that had previously convened at this memorial site carrying Ukrainian flags, sheets soaked with red paint and anti-Russian slogans. The police weren’t present on the square at that moment. Diplomats were able to make several dozen steps, but the crowd didn’t allow them to move further.

For several minutes, the crowd shouted at the diplomats and hurled packages with a red substance at them. As the ambassador said on Rossiya-24 TV channel later, the diplomats were doused not with paint, but with sweet syrup. After some time, the police pushed back the crowd and escorted the diplomats to their cars. None of them were seriously hurt.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a strong protest to the Polish authorities, demanding that the Poland immediately arrange a wreath-laying ceremony, ensuring it’s completely safe from any provocations.