Israel Parliament Adopts Decree on Polish Decision to Demolish Soviet Monuments



The Israeli parliament adopted a statement in relation to Poland’s decision on demolition of Soviet monuments.

Knesset, the Israeli parliament, adopted a statement in relation to Poland’s decision on demolition of Soviet monuments, Russia's State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Wendesday.

"Our colleagues from Israel’s Knesset considered a decree which we agreed to consider simultaneously with them within the framework of our session," Volodin said during a parliamentary session, adding that he had agreed with his Israeli counterpart Yuli-Yoel Edelstein to adopt statements condemning the law.

President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed Monday a law that will now regulate the demolition of monuments and renaming of objects associated with the Communist legacy, or any other "totalitarian regime." 

Some monuments are exempt from removal, as the law only targets only those monuments that are intended for public viewing. For example, monuments located in cemeteries will remain untouched.

On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Poland's actions. 

Moscow also drew attention to the fact that the Soviet Union had made a decisive contribution to the defeat of fascism in Europe, and that over 600,000 Soviet soldiers died during the liberation of Poland.

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