Rus­sian bik­ers’ ride a ‘provo­ca­tion’: Poland PM

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Poland’s prime min­is­ter spoke out Wed­nes­day against plans by a Rus­sian mo­tor­cy­cle club to ride through Poland on a jour­ney to Ber­lin to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Ger­many.

The Night Wolves, a na­tion­al­is­tic group loyal to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, plan to re­trace the west­ward path that Red Army sol­diers took across Eastern Europe as they fought Nazi troops.

Many Poles con­sider the ride a hos­tile act, and Prime Min­is­ter Ewa Kopacz called the bik­ers’ plans a “provo­ca­tion.” She put the bik­ers on no­tice that Pol­ish law would be ap­plied if they dis­rupted se­cu­rity and public or­der.

The plans have been widely dis­cussed in Pol­ish me­dia, and thou­sands of Poles joined a Face­book ap­peal call­ing for the bik­ers not to be al­lowed into the coun­try. The bik­ers need visas to en­ter the Euro­pean Union. Poland’s ties with Rus­sia have soured re­cently over Moscow’s role in the deadly con­flict in eastern Ukraine.

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