Russia’s Embassy in Warsaw is blasting Poland’s Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki for his criticism of the Kremlin’s order to incinerate sanctioned food products.
“I want to appeal to President Putin lest he walk in the footsteps of his predecessors from the Soviet Union, especially from the 1930s, and not destroy food. Russians today need this food and in our Slavic tradition the destruction of the bread is considered a very grave sin,” the minister said at a Friday press conference.
Speaking about ‘predecessors’, Sawicki was referring to the 1930s hunger in Ukraine which was deliberately caused on Stalin’s orders and involved destruction of grain hidden by farmers from the authorities.
In their official response, Russian diplomats expressed their indignation over the statement saying that its ‘style was offensive to the Russian side’.
“Comparing the current situation to famine in the thirties of the twentieth century in the Soviet Union (Mr Minister should know that it happened not only in Ukraine but also in Russia and Kazakhstan) is absolutely inappropriate and causes at least astonishment,” the embassy says.
The authors also referred to Polish President Andrzej Duda‘s address before the National Assembly (” … especially Polish people need such a reform urgently. And this necessity applies to many areas. Including healthcare, everyday standard of life of many families, including children many of whom are nowadays undernourished, especially in rural area).
“Does Mr Minister become as much concerned over this problem as over the threat of famine in Russia? Perhaps, the products that unscrupulous traders are trying to smuggle into Russia will be the solution to ills?”diplomats from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Warsaw wonder.
On July 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that enactedincinerating agricultural products that are prohibited from being imported into Russia.
Over 250,000 Russians have protested against the destruction of fresh food and spoken for their transfer to the poor citizens.