Israel in support of Soviet Monuments in Poland


July 31, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Izvestia  – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

Poland’s acceptance of the law on decommunization, which provides for the dismantling of monuments to Soviet soldiers, will not remain unanswered by Moscow. The Foreign Policy department added that the measures will be “asymmetrical”. As the sources in the Russian diplomatic circles told Izvestia, several options are being considered: personal sanctions against Polish politicians involved in drafting the law, economic measures of influence and active work on all sorts of international venues to draw attention to this problem.

One of Moscow’s likely answers to the actions of Poland, is the imposition of personal sanctions against Polish politicians – the authors of this law, as well as a significant drop in the level of Russian-Polish economic relations.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that responding to Warsaw’s demarche will not take long in any case. As noted at a recent press conference in Moscow, the head of the Committee on International Affairs of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachyov, Russia, for example, may stop taking care of Polish memorials, obviously implying the complexes oof Katyn and Mednoye. The senator also added that the place of the catastrophe of the airliner of the Polish president that took place near Smolensk in 2010 could be added to the memorial places.

“The Polish authorities should be aware that their unfriendly actions in the memorial sphere will not remain without consequences. With respect to the Polish side, adequate response measures will be taken, which may be asymmetric.” 

They also noted that the topic of the illegal demolition of Soviet monuments in Poland is invariably “affected in the course of contacts with the Poles, our foreign partners, at international venues, including the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the CSTO.”

In particular, at the July CSTO Foreign Ministers Council in Minsk, the foreign ministers of the member countries of the organization adopted a joint statement condemning the attempts to reconsider the results of the Second World War. 

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The Russian State Duma and the Israeli Knesset adopted an appeal to the European Parliament in connection with an insult to the memory of Soviet soldiers-liberators and victims of the Holocaust. With the condemnation of Poland’s attempts to rewrite history, the parliament of Belarus also spoke out.

In the near future, Russia will make calls to respond to the actions of Poland at such international venues as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS member states, and send appeals to the parliaments of European countries.

Andrei Klimov, deputy head of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, said in an interview with Izvestia: 

– Due to their history, as well as the upcoming elections, it will be difficult for the Germans to applaud the Poles. Or take, for example, the French political establishment, which often reproached Marin Le Pen for some mythical connections with fascism, seeking to damage its political image. They need to understand that now it can happen, the destruction of the memory of those who, including together with the French, fought against fascism.

– But the introduction of economic sanctions, in my opinion, is not the most successful answer. Poland will survive them, but will even more actively promote in the media that Russia is pursuing a hostile policy.

We note in this connection that, according to the Federal Customs Service, Poland’s share in Russia’s foreign trade turnover in 2016 was about 2.8%. On this indicator, the country took 11th place. The trade turnover between Russia and Poland amounted to approximately $ 13 billion, a decrease of 5% compared to the previous year.

In Poland,  the liberation cost the lives of 600,000 Soviet soldiers, commemorated with about 500 memorials . It is not clear yet how many of them fall under the decommunization law signed in July by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. 

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