Foreign Ministry summons Russian envoy over accusations of slandering Poland

On Thursday, the Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreev over a public statement made by a Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov in which he accused Poland of halting Russian medical aid on route to Italy.

During the meeting, the Polish Foreign Ministry "expressed indignation at the absurd accusation made by a prominent Russian politician," the ministry wrote in a Thursday statement.

The ministry pointed out that disseminating false information "that divide countries and societies is especially reprehensible in a situation when our joint task should be to fight the unprecedented threat in the shape of a deadly pandemic that knows no borders."

The ambassador was also notified about a letter sent by the Polish Sejm (lower house) speaker Elżbieta Witek to the chairwoman of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house, in which she made a request to discipline Senator Pushkov, and made an appeal to act together against the pandemic.