The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia had complained of “unacceptable incitement to anti-Russian hysteria” to the Polish ambassador, summoned to Moscow on November 16.
The acting Polish charge d’affaires in Russia, Jacek Sladewski, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on November 16, the day after a missile fell on Polish territory which killed two civilians.
According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the Polish diplomat’s attention was drawn to “unacceptable incitement to anti-Russian hysteria around the incident”.
“Despite the night and the absence of reliable information regarding the facts that had occurred, Warsaw deemed it necessary to summon to its Ministry of Foreign Affairs [dans la nuit du 15 au 16 novembre] the Russian ambassador in Poland, thus transforming this act into a political show”, thus deplored Maria Zakharova. The Russian diplomat underlined that the accent had been put, this November 16, on the fact that the Russian side expected Warsaw “to put an end to all anti-Russian speculation around the incident”. “We called on Warsaw not to get involved in dirty provocations organized by the kyiv regime and not to initiate any on its side either,” she concluded.
After what Maria Zakharova described as “hysteria among Polish civil servants and politicians” following the fall of the missile on November 15, which they attributed to Russia, the Russian ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreyev was summoned urgently by Warsaw, at midnight.
A few hours later, Polish President Andrzej Duda was finally more cautious in declaring that there was no “unequivocal proof” on the origin of the shot. Then he estimated on November 16 that it was “highly probable” that the missile came from the Ukrainian air defense. An analysis now shared by NATO and Washington. For its part, Ukraine continues to accuse Russia of having carried out this missile strike.
The Russian Ministry of Defense explains for its part that it carried out “a massive strike with high-precision weapons” against a series of targets in Ukraine, stressing that these were “carried out only on targets located on the territory of the Russian Federation. Ukraine and at a distance of at least 35 kilometers from the Ukrainian-Polish border”. And, based on the analysis of photographs of the remains of the missile published by Poland, Russian military experts concluded that they belonged to an “anti-aircraft guided missile of the S-300 air defense complex of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”.
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