Poland evacuates its consulate in Crimea amid mounting tensions
March 10, 2014
Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski
Poland’s Foreign Ministry Saturday decided to pull out staff from its consulate in Sevastopol, the Crimean port city where Russia has a large naval base, and advised Polish citizens to leave Crimea (autonomy within Ukraine) “in connection with the situation in the region".
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski tweeted, "Because of continuing disturbances by Russian forces there, we have reluctantly evacuated our consulate." Tasks of the diplomatic post have been taken over by the Consulate General in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Sikorski said.
Polish Consul General Wieslaw Mazur told PAP Polish news agency on Sunday that his staff had received numerous threats that the consulate building would be attacked and set on fire.
The crisis in Crimea began last week ago, when pro-Russian troops took control of the region. Since then, tensions have flared between Moscow and Kiev over the Black Sea peninsula.
Military observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, including two Polish military officers have been denied by armed men on three occasions to enter the Crimea region.