17:20 15.11.2016

Burning of Ukrainian flag during independence march in Warsaw was pro-Russian provocation – Polish ambassador

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Burning of Ukrainian flag during independence march in Warsaw was pro-Russian provocation – Polish ambassador

Poland's Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Pieklo said the burning of a Ukrainian flag in Warsaw during a march marking the 98th anniversary of its independence was a pro-Russia provocation with the aim of spoiling ties between citizens of the two countries.

"It was pure provocation, created by pro-Russia sympathizers in Poland. I thought there would be more such provocations. Russia is attempting to antagonize Poles and Ukrainians. It is trying to divide us, Poles and Ukrainians," Pieklo said during a briefing in Kharkiv on Tuesday.

He said Russia is trying to destabilize other countries, as well.

"Russia is doing everything to destabilize not only Ukraine, but the European Union. Poles know Russia and how Russians operate. Its hybrid war is a threat," Pieklo said.

The Polish ambassador said that Poland continues to call for sanctions against the Russian Federation until it complies with the Minsk agreements.

As earlier reported, on November 11 in Warsaw during Poland's Independence Day march, a group of radicals in masks demonstratively burned a Ukrainian flag.

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