Russia says the results of the Polish vote are unlikely to improve strained ties

Poland’s election results showed pro-EU opposition parties winning a parliamentary majority, unlikely to improve strained ties between Warsaw and Moscow, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Relations between Russia and Poland have historically been tense, but have hit a new low since Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine that began in February last year.

“Honestly, it’s not possible at this time,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian companies when asked if the results could change bilateral relations.

“There is no part of the Polish establishment that has explicitly or implicitly indicated the need to restore relations with Russia,” he said.

“It’s true that the Poles don’t like us, they’re not friendly with us, they take a very hostile stance on everything about us. We don’t like that,” he said.

“It is absurd that two neighboring states are hostile to each other,” he said.

Poland and Russia share a narrow border through Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave.

The two countries have had a strained relationship for centuries, divided over historical issues, and now Poland is one of Ukraine’s main allies against Russia.

Warsaw hosted more than 1 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing Moscow’s onslaught.

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