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Russia angered after Poland takes downs Soviet war memorial
Russia warned Poland on Saturday of the "most negative consequences" after authorities in the western Polish town of Nowa Sol tore down a Soviet war monument.

In a statement on July 4, the Russian foreign ministry described the Polish action as an "unfriendly move" and a "direct and flagrant" violation of a 1994 agreement between Poland and the Russian Federation on memorial sites.

Poland's foreign ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski told Reuters the move in Nowa Sol did not violate the agreement, which Poland believes only concerns cemeteries.

Poland was under Soviet occupation for over four decades following the Second World War. The last Russian soldiers left in 1993, 54 years after the first Soviet troops attacked the country in 1939, two weeks after the invasion launched by Nazi Germany.