Poland condemns seizure of Crimea parliament building
February 28, 2014
Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski
Hours after armed men in combat fatigues seized the Crimean parliament building and raised the Russian flag, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski condemned the act, warning that it could lead to a regional conflict.
"This is a drastic step and I'm warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin. This is a very dangerous game," Sikorski said Thursday.
Crimea, which was given to Ukraine in 1954 by Soviet Russia, is the only region of Ukraine where ethnic Russians are the majority and speak Russian as their first language.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned last week that there was a "real risk" of forces "trying to undermine Ukraine's territorial integrity."