Russia’s ambassador to Poland withdraws assertion that Poland was partially responsible for the 1939 Nazi invasion and the outbreak of the Second World War.
Russia’s ambassador to Warsaw has withdrawn comments he made suggesting Poland was partly responsible for the Second World War.
Ambassador Sergey Andreyev was summoned by the foreign ministry after telling private broadcaster TVN24 on Friday that Poland was partly to blame because it had repeatedly blocked formation of a coalition against Berlin in the run-up to the invasion.
“I regret having been imprecise at one point,” Mr Andreyev said as he left the ministry. “I did not mean to say that Poland is co-responsible for the outbreak of Second World War.”
“I had no intention of offending the Polish nation,” he continued, adding that Russia “honoured the heroism of the Polish people in their fight against Nazi occupation”.