16:15 Apr. 14, 2016
Foreign ministry calls in the diplomat over warplane provocations
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland has urgently summoned Russia's Ambassador Sergey Andreyev over the recent provocations of Russian Su-24 bomber planes in the Baltic Sea.
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski believes Russia's moves "were generally directed at Americans." He said Warsaw is currently in contact with Washington to work out a joint response. The Minister reminded it was not the first time an incident like this occurred. "Unfortunately, we have seen such provocative behaviour of Russian aircraft and submarines testing our defence system. The question is - for what purpose?" Waszczykowski said.
"There is no doubt this is yet another display of Russia's aggressive intentions," Poland's Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz said. "There is also no doubt that Poland as a country where such actions take place, as a country holding the manoeuvres together with the U.S., is responsible for preventing such incidents in the future."
The first incident happened on April 11 when two Russian Su-24 bombers approached U.S.S. Donald Cook several times during its military exercises with a Polish helicopter in the Baltic Sea. On April 12, two military choppers Ka-27 neared the warship, followed by two Su-24 planes. According to the U.S. Army, the Russian pilots were simulating an attack on the ship and did not respond when called to stop provocations.