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    Warsaw must prosecute the vandals and prevent similar acts, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated referring to the destruction of WWII monuments in Poland.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is expecting Poland's comments with regard to acts of vandalism toward World War II monuments and steps to prevent such incidents in the future, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

    "We are expecting official comments from Poland concerning the incidents [of vandalizing the monuments] and demand… measures to prevent cases of vandalism in the future, find and prosecute those responsible," the statement said.

    The ministry noted that the practice of vandalizing monuments to Soviet soldiers that helped liberate Poland from the Nazis during the WWII had become habitual in the country as part of anti-Russian campaign that some Polish politicians and media are conducting.

    According to the ministry, in February alone at least three cases of the monuments desecration took place in three locations around Poland.

    In 2014, Russia's Foreign Ministry noticed an increased number of acts of vandalism directed at monuments to Soviet soldiers in Poland and attempts of unsanctioned relocation.

    In July 2014, Moscow condemned the demolition of a monument to Soviet WWII soldiers in the Polish town of Limanowa, viewing it as an attempt to unilaterally review the 1994 intergovernmental agreement between the two countries on burial and memorial sites to victims of wars and repressions.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that more than 600,000 Soviet soldiers hd died liberating Poland from Nazi forces during the WWII.


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