Russian bikers’ ride a ‘provocation’: Poland PM
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.