Poland Vows to Take Decisive Action Against Russia

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.26 - 2024 8:00 AM CET

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Poland vows to take decisive action after a Russian missile unlawfully crossed its airspace.

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The head of the Polish Ministry of Defense, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, promised that Warsaw would respond to the Russian ambassador's disregard of the summons to the Polish Foreign Ministry in connection with the violation of the country's airspace by a Russian missile.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland summoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev on Monday due to the fact that on the night of March 24, a missile fired as part of the shelling of Ukraine flew over the Lublin Voivodeship. However, the Russian diplomat ignored the invitation to the ministry.

"This is not the first time when we have to face violations of both the law and international standards," the Polish Minister of Defense admitted in an interview with Polsat.

The Polish authorities will make further decisions regarding Andreev's behavior.

"We are in constant contact with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister, the President, and the National Security Bureau. These should be coordinated community decisions, because this is the reaction of the entire Polish state," he added.

Kosiniak-Kamysz emphasized that the next steps can be expected in the coming days. According to him, the ambassador's decision was "absolutely wrong".

"This is a show of contempt, and we cannot be indifferent to it," he commented on the words of the Kremlin diplomat, who stated that he had not been provided with evidence of the presence of a Russian missile.

It will be recalled that on the night of March 24 at 4:23 a.m., Polish airspace was violated by one of the maneuverable missiles launched by Russia's long-range aircraft. The missile entered Polish airspace near the village of Oserdów in the Lublin Voivodeship and was there for 39 seconds.

In connection with the incident, Poland announced its intention to summon the ambassador of the Russian Federation and hand him a note of protest.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Radosław Sikorski, said that the Russian ambassador would be asked to explain the incident with the Russian missile, but at the same time he admitted that it is unlikely that answers will be obtained.

At the same time, Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said that Poland would shoot down a Russian missile if there were signs that it was headed for a target on Polish territory.

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