“Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jeopardized Security of the Late President Lech Kaczyński.” Minister Macierewicz talks about Sikorski Ministry’s intervention in BOR decisions.
SCND December 13, 2015
wPolityce.pl: You have recently informed that the MFA (Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs) made changes to the original instructions that the BOR (Polish Government Protection Bureau) issued to Russians when preparing the presidential visit to Katyn in April 2010. Those changes reduced the level of security during President’s visit. Could you elaborate on this?
Antoni Macierewicz: The information comes from an investigation into the preparation of the flight to Katyn. The investigation concluded with a number of charges against the head of MAF and his MFMinistry taking numerous actions, which were approved by the prosecution, but were detrimental to the safety and security of the President of Poland. Those actions include changes the Ministry made to the BOR communications with Russians. In these communications, BOR stipulated its requirements regarding the Polish President’s safety, e.g. an armored vehicle and a number of officers to secure the route were requested. Unfortunately, those communications were modified by the MFA before they reached the Russian side.
wPolityce.pl: What kind of changes were made and what was MFA’s involvement in conveying communication?
Antoni Macierewicz: The BOR could not contact Russia directly, but via MFA. The MFA changed the original instructions. These changes jeopardized President’s safety. The original instructions contained a request for an armored vehicle, but there was no mention of it in the final version that Russia received from MFA. I view such actions as very curious indeed. This is evidence that Donald Tusk’s government acted to the detriment of the late President Lech Kaczyński. There are no other known circumstances in which MFA would tamper with original communication in order to reduce the level of security for the President.
wPolityce.pl: What is your opinion of this?
Antoni Macierewicz: There are documents indisputably confirming that Ambassador Jerzy Bahr ordered an armored vehicle for both visits that of the president and prime minister. Thus, the Polish diplomacy reduced the level of security for the President without the Ambassador’s knowledge or approval. This also demonstrates that the level of security measures applied for the visits of Donald Tusk and Lech Kaczyński was not the same. However, it seems incredible that MFA would take initiative of changing decisions and directives that BOR issued to guarantee safety for the Polish President. It is truły unthinkable.
wPolityce.pl: At what level could such communications be changed? Could this be without the knowledge of the MFA management?
Antoni Macierewicz: The MFA is not just an ordinary department, but a diplomacy center with a highly precise hierarchy. On top of this hierarchy stands the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He instructs, delegates, and expects his orders to be followed. Therefore, he is the one responsible for anything that occurs in his department. The Smolensk crash occurred years ago and the Minister of Foreign Affairs should have investigated his subordinates’ actions immediately after the tragedy. My understanding is that since no investigative procedures have been put in place and no individuals have been prosecuted for their shocking actions which put president’s life at risk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs accepts full responsibility and those actions were ordered and approved by him.
wPolityce.pl: How does this situation relate to the hypotheses of the Smolensk crash, and is it significant to its investigation?
Antoni Macierewicz: This is a drastic example that confirms all Smolensk crash theories referred to by media as “conspiracy.” It is absolutely incredible in the entire history of Poland that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intervened into BOR decisions in order to jeopardize safety of the public official. This has never occurred before, except in cases where wrongdoing was suspected to be intentionally threatening the safety of the presidents and other officials.
The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident.
2014 Smolensk Crash Investigation Update by Maria Szonert Binienda
Early morning on April 10, 2010, the Polish Governmental Airplane Tu-154M (“Polish Air Force One”) departed from Warsaw, Poland, to Smolensk, Russia, carrying on board the highest level delegation of the Republic of Poland for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. The official delegation consisted of the President of Poland, First Lady, all members of the Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, parliamentary, government and Church officials, and representatives of the families of the Katyn victims. Upon entering the airspace of the Military Airdrome “Severny” in Smolensk, Russia, the Polish pilot made one reconnaissance approach to landing. At the decision altitude, he chose not to land and issued a command to “go around.” Seconds later, the Polish Air Force One crashed. The entire Polish delegation of the highest level perished less than a mile from the Severny Airdrome in Smolensk, Russia. All 96 people on board were killed; there were no survivors ("Smolensk Crash").
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