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Russia Expresses Regret Over Attacks On Poles

12 August 2005 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak today expressed regret over recent attacks on two embassy employees and a Polish journalist in Moscow.

Kislyak said he and Polish Ambassador Stefan Meller agreed on 11 August the attacks will not harm bilateral relations.

Interfax news agency quoted Kislyak as adding that the incidents are being investigated and that security has been tightened at the Polish Embassy.

Also today, the Moscow prosecutor's office said it had launched criminal proceedings into the beating of the journalist.

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ensure the safety of Poles in Russia.

He described the recent beatings in Moscow as "organized events."


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