Russian Embassy in Poland calls-off Victory Day march

Poland, Europe- The Russian Embassy in Poland has made the decision not to look forward to the planned Victory Day march on Monday. The Polish foreign ministry and the city authorities have criticized the initiative, announced by the Embassy on its website.

The Embassy has decided to place a wreath at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw as well as organize a march on the city’s street as part of the Russian Federation’s “Immortal Regiment” campaign, a massive civil event staged in the majority of the major cities in Russia as well as all over the world on May 9.

Moreover, the Polish foreign ministry has said no to supporting the Russian plans and “did not recommend” implementing them, the Embassy mentioned in the statement on its officials. As per the announcement, the ministry stated the concerns that the march “would allegedly be involved with the special operation in Ukraine and be against the criminal code of Poland.”

The announcement has been outlined that “Russia” considers such understanding of our traditional Victory Day ceremonies absurd and unfounded.”

Along with this, the Russian Embassy still went forward with its plans to put a wreath at the Soviet Cemetery but made the decision to give up on the march, explaining that the city authorities would be incapable of providing safety to its participants, both Polish as well as Russian citizens.

The Embassy had asked the foreign ministry for support in securing the march. Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski from the Civic opposition platform sent a letter to Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau calling on the authorities “not to let the event happen.”

In addition, on Saturday, he shared the tweet that no Polish public institution should support “initiatives like this one.”

In the statement, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz mentioned that his ministry got a letter “with wounder” as it “did not plan to give its support to the Embassy of the Russian Federation and will not provide such support.”

He added that the ministry sent a negative answer to the Russian Embassy’s request.

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