Rent scandal: Russia owes Poland millions for real estate rent

15:54 Oct. 11, 2016

Russia owes Poland millions for real estate rent

Polish police guard the Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP / Czarek Sokolowski)

Warsaw claims the Russian Federation owes PLN 16 million (EUR 3.7 million) for the use of two buildings for its embassy

According to Warsaw City Hall, Russia uses two buildings in Polish capital without a valid contract, reports Radio Poland.

The authorities in the Polish capital have tried to enforce payment but due to a lack of response from Russia have decided to take legal action.

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This is a drawnout row, started more than ten years ago when Russia demanded from Poland to pay the rent for its' embassy building in St Petersburg. In 2015, the Arbitration Court of St Petersburg and the Leningrad region issued an order that could result in the eviction of a Polish diplomatic mission for an alleged unpaid debt of RUB 74.3 million (EUR 1.1 million). At the same time, Poland started to claim the rent for Russian embassy building in Gdansk. 

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Poland does not recognize that ruling and considers it being a breach of international law.

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