Russia intends to take an «asymmetrical» reply to Poland’s decision to demolish the monuments to Soviet soldiers. Considering a few options: personal sanctions, economic sanctions on Poland and drawing attention to the problem by the international community.
Moscow can give an «asymmetric» response to the adoption of the law on decommunization in Poland, which provides for the demolition of monuments to Soviet soldiers, reports the newspaper «Izvestia» with reference to sources in diplomatic circles.
«The Polish authorities must be aware that their hostile actions in the memorial area will not remain without consequences. Against the Polish side will take adequate retaliatory measures, which may be asymmetrical,» — said the Russian foreign Ministry.
The foreign Ministry of Russia is considering several options for the impact on Poland: personal sanctions against the Polish politicians involved in the drafting of the law, economic constraints and to draw attention to the problem of the international community. In the near future Russia is going to send appeals to the OSCE PA, IPU, inter-parliamentary Assembly of States — participants of the CIS.
In turn, the head of the international Affairs Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev suggests to introduce «asymmetric» and «mirror» sanctions. According to him, Russia could cease to care for the Polish memorial «Katyn», «Copper» at the crash site near Smolensk, where in 2010 crashed presidential plane.
On July 17 the President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed amendments to the law on decommunization. The new amendments enable municipal authorities to demolish the monuments to Soviet soldiers.
On 25 July, the Federation Council has asked President Vladimir Putin to instruct the appropriate agencies to develop a package of measures for possible restrictions against Poland.
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