The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Polish Charge d’affaires in Moscow, Jacek Sladewcki, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the Warsaw Municipality of Poland seized the building used as a high school by the Russian Embassy in Warsaw last Saturday.
While the parties did not make a statement after the 20-minute meeting, Polish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lukasz Jasina confirmed that Charge d’affaires Sladewcki was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Russian Ambassador to Warsaw Siergiej Andriejew announced that a protest note was given to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs today due to the confiscation of the school building.
The building crisis between Russia and Poland The last crisis between the two countries
It broke out when the Warsaw Municipality took back the building given to the Warsaw Embassy of the Soviet Union by the Polish Ministry of National Defense for free and indefinite use in 1953.
The Warsaw Municipality did not extend the contract for the building at 45 Kielecka Street, where the children of the Russian Federation Embassy employees and military officers received high school education, and asked the embassy to evacuate the building in 2010.
Russia, on the other hand, refused to evacuate, claiming that the building in question was the diplomatic representation building, while the Warsaw Municipality brought the matter to the judiciary.
After the court decided in favor of the Warsaw Municipality, the other party did not evacuate the building within the legal period, and on Saturday, municipal officials, accompanied by enforcement officers and the police, came to the school and asked the people inside to evacuate the building.
When the insiders refused to evacuate the building and locked the doors, the officers entered the building with the help of a locksmith they called. In the meantime, as a result of the negotiations with the Russian Embassy, 27 people residing in the lodging section of the school agreed to vacate the building and move to another address indicated by the embassy.
After the evacuation, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Warsaw Siergiej Andriejew said in a statement to the Russian media that Moscow would respond to Warsaw because of the confiscation of the school.