European Parliament to debate over Smolensk Crash
SCND March 22, 2015
The Smolensk crash is to be the subject of yet another debate in Brussels. Evidence confirming that the Polish aircraft was destroyed by an explosion is to be presented during the debate. “A European Conservatives and Reformist meeting regarding the Smolensk crash has been arranged by the Polish Law and Justice Party,” informed Antoni Macierewicz, the leader of Polish Parliamentary Committee for the investigation of the Smolensk crash. Mr. Macierewicz explained that the meeting will be attended by the committee experts, as well as some family members of the victims.
Mr. Macierewicz, who is also a Vice-chairman of the Law and Justice, said that an analysis comparing the April 10, 2010 Smolensk crash with a Malaysian aircraft shot down in July 2014 in eastern Ukraine will be presented at the next meeting of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence, led by a Polish European Parliament member, Anna Fatyga.
Smolensk crash exposition, as well as a film about Maria Kaczynska, a wife of the president killed in the crash, will be presented during the same meeting, as confirmed by Ryszard Legutko, Deputy Chairman of the Conservatives and Reformists group.
The latest analyses outcomes of the Parliamentary Committee for the investigation of the Smolensk crash, led by Mr. Macierewicz, will be presented a day after, during the European Conservatives and Reformists meeting. The meeting will be open to public and press. “The meeting will include input from Smolensk victims’ family members, as well as expert analysis by the Parliamentary Committee. The meeting is open to questions and a debate,” said Mr. Macierewicz, adding that it will also be confirmed and subsequently evidenced at the meeting that the Polish aircraft was destroyed by an explosion.
"Russian Image Management"
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.
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