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    Polish Diplomat Summoned by Russia over Russian School Seizure in Warsaw

    According to Russian media reports cited by Reuters, the Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned Poland’s charge d’affaires to express their disapproval of the recent seizure of a Russian school in Warsaw by Polish authorities.

    The spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry, Łukasz Jasina, has confirmed the summons of Jacek Śladewski, who was called to the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Tuesday regarding the Russian school takeover in Warsaw, in response to inquiries from the Polish Press Agency.

    Following the 20-minute meeting, Śladewski did not disclose any information, as reported by Reuters.

    On April 29th, the Russian secondary school building was taken over by the Warsaw City Hall due to illegal occupation of the building by the Russian embassy in Poland and did not have a diplomatic status as confirmed by Jasina. This action was taken in accordance with a court ruling.

    “A bailiff take-over has taken place at the request of the Capital City of Warsaw in full cooperation with the Foreign Ministry based on a court ruling that granted the Polish state the ownership right to the building that for years has been illegally held by the Russian embassy,”

    Jasina told PAP on Saturday.

    According to a report from the Polish private television Polsat, the Russian press agency TASS has stated that Russia has vowed to take severe action in response to the takeover of its school in Warsaw. TASS warned that the action would have consequences for both the Polish authorities and Poland’s interests in Russia.

    Pavel Astakhov, a Russian politician, appeared on a television program hosted by Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov on Sunday and accused the Polish authorities of violating the Vienna Convention. He also made reference to Poland’s ambassador to Russia.

    He stated that he was waiting to hear “whether the Polish ambassador to Russia would be found floating in the Moscow River or not.” This was in reference to an incident last year when Russia’s ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreyev, was doused in red paint by activists protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine while visiting the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

    Morawiecki made the remarks while in Vilnius on Tuesday

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki responded to the recent statements from Russia, saying that all threats, particularly those coming from Russia, should be taken seriously. However, he also stressed that one should not be intimidated.


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