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Poland: No transit for Russian Night Wolves due to 'safety reasons' - Polish ForMin01:40

Poland: No transit for Russian Night Wolves due to 'safety reasons' - Polish ForMin

Poland, Warsaw
April 29, 2016 at 16:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Artur Dmochowski stated that the reason behind Poland's refusal to allow a group of bikers from the Russian Night Wolves to transit through Poland, was "based on safety grounds and the protection of public order." Dmochowski made the comments at the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw on Friday.

Dmochowski also revealed that the ministry had handed a note to the Russian embassy in Poland, informing them of the reasons behind the decision. "It's well known, to grant entrance to such a group of people could endanger public order," the spokesperson said.

"Simply put - we prefer to protect Polish citizens and, generally speaking, the territory of our country in the face of a possible provocation," Dmochowski added.

Bikers from the Russian Night Wolves motorcycle club set off on their annual motocross from Moscow to Berlin, on Friday, in honour of the 71st anniversary of Victory Day. The rally is scheduled to pass through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic before reaching Berlin on May 9.

They will attempt to cross the border with Poland on May 1, despite being officially banned from entering the country by Polish authorities. On the way, the Night Wolves plan to visit memorials to Soviet soldiers in various countries.

Poland: No transit for Russian Night Wolves due to 'safety reasons' - Polish ForMin01:40
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Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Artur Dmochowski stated that the reason behind Poland's refusal to allow a group of bikers from the Russian Night Wolves to transit through Poland, was "based on safety grounds and the protection of public order." Dmochowski made the comments at the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw on Friday.

Dmochowski also revealed that the ministry had handed a note to the Russian embassy in Poland, informing them of the reasons behind the decision. "It's well known, to grant entrance to such a group of people could endanger public order," the spokesperson said.

"Simply put - we prefer to protect Polish citizens and, generally speaking, the territory of our country in the face of a possible provocation," Dmochowski added.

Bikers from the Russian Night Wolves motorcycle club set off on their annual motocross from Moscow to Berlin, on Friday, in honour of the 71st anniversary of Victory Day. The rally is scheduled to pass through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic before reaching Berlin on May 9.

They will attempt to cross the border with Poland on May 1, despite being officially banned from entering the country by Polish authorities. On the way, the Night Wolves plan to visit memorials to Soviet soldiers in various countries.

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