Russia vows ‘harsh’ response as Poland seizes ’embassy school’ – Times of India

Russia promised on saturday that he would give a befitting reply to what he said polandis illegal seizure of Embassy school in Warsaw, an act which she called a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Polish state-run news channel TVP Info reported earlier that police had appeared outside the Russian Embassy school on Kielka Street in Warsaw on Saturday morning. When asked about the incident, a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the embassy school building belonged to the Polish state.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Polish authorities had invaded the grounds of the embassy school with the aim of seizing it. “We view this latest hostile action by the Polish authorities as a gross violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and an encroachment on Russian diplomatic property in Poland,” the ministry said. “Such an impudent step by Warsaw, outside the framework of civilized inter-state relations, will not go without harsh treatment feedback and consequences for the Polish authorities and Polish interests in Russia,” it said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Saturday on the Telegram messaging app that it would give a “legal assessment” of the “seizure”, but gave no further details.
Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina said that Russia has the right to protest but Poland is acting within the framework of the law. “Our opinion, which has been confirmed by the courts, is that this property belongs to the Polish state and was illegally taken by Russia,” he said. Moscow’s ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreyev, previously told Russian state news agencies that the embassy school building was a diplomatic one that Polish authorities had no right to seize. The school will continue to operate from a separate part of the Russian embassy, ​​RIA Novosti quoted Andreyev as saying.
Since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Poland has been a staunch ally of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, leading the charge of supplying advanced weapons to Kiev. Russia’s ambassador Andreev said earlier this week that Polish prosecutors had seized significant amounts of money from frozen bank accounts of the Russian embassy and trade mission. In March 2022, Poland said it was expelling 45 Russian diplomats suspected of working for Moscow’s intelligence services.