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Poland: Removing of Soviet war memorials lacks ‘normal human decency’ – Russian ambassador *EXCLUSIVE*04:07

Poland: Removing of Soviet war memorials lacks ‘normal human decency’ – Russian ambassador *EXCLUSIVE*

Poland, Warsaw
November 5, 2017 at 12:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Poland’s decision to tear down Soviet War memorials would place it “outside the boundaries of normal human decency” Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev said during an exclusive interview in Warsaw on Tuesday, October 31.

“War is being declared not on the monuments as such, but on the memory of those who saved Poland,” he said, adding “there is one basic fact – Poland was saved by the Red Army, Poland exists today thanks to those people who are honoured by these monuments. And war against memories of historical events is completely unacceptable to us.”

In June, Poland updated its “de-communisation” law to ban “totalitarian” symbols, which would include Soviet monuments.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned of retaliatory measures if the monuments are taken down, which could include refusing visas for Polish officials or imposing trade sanctions.

The Red Army liberated Poland from German forces in 1944-1945, however, many Poles see the Red Army as an occupation force. In 1939, Russia broke away from an alliance with Britain and France to defend Poland, entering into the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, also known as the Nazi-Soviet Pact, in which the Germans and Russians agreed to split Poland between them.

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Poland’s decision to tear down Soviet War memorials would place it “outside the boundaries of normal human decency” Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreev said during an exclusive interview in Warsaw on Tuesday, October 31.

“War is being declared not on the monuments as such, but on the memory of those who saved Poland,” he said, adding “there is one basic fact – Poland was saved by the Red Army, Poland exists today thanks to those people who are honoured by these monuments. And war against memories of historical events is completely unacceptable to us.”

In June, Poland updated its “de-communisation” law to ban “totalitarian” symbols, which would include Soviet monuments.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has warned of retaliatory measures if the monuments are taken down, which could include refusing visas for Polish officials or imposing trade sanctions.

The Red Army liberated Poland from German forces in 1944-1945, however, many Poles see the Red Army as an occupation force. In 1939, Russia broke away from an alliance with Britain and France to defend Poland, entering into the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, also known as the Nazi-Soviet Pact, in which the Germans and Russians agreed to split Poland between them.

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