Putin should have the courage to accept responsibility for Smolensk
Polish Minister of Defense reacts to Kremlin propaganda
SCND December 16, 2017
- It would be advisable that Mr. Putin, who at the time as the Prime Minister served as Chairman of the Committee for Investigation of the Smolensk Tragedy, finally looked at the truth, said Antoni Macierewicz, Polish Minister of National Defense, on Polish Radio 24. The Minister commented on the statements of the President of Russia, who said on December 14, 2017 in Moscow that there were no explosions aboard the Polish Tu-154M, which crashed in 2010 near Smolensk in Russia.
- If there were explosions in the plane - from where did the plane flow, from Moscow? No! From Warsaw - that means they were planted there. Did Russian agents get through and planted explosives there, how? Look, then, at your place - said Vladimir Putin. He then added: "There were no explosions, it was examined by experts from the Polish and Russian side."
According to Minister Macierewicz two explosions that ultimately destroyed the Polish Air Force One were undisputedly identified by an official expert opinion commissioned and recognized by the state commission headed by the Minister of Internal Affairs Jerzy Miller immediately after the crash.
- Attempts to conceal and cover up this opinion have now been exposed and President Putin should have the courage to accept responsibility for what happened, not to try to offend the country whose leaders died in the Smolensk area near Katyn - said Antoni Macierewicz on Polish Radio.
According to the Head of the Polish Ministry of Defense, the words of the leader of the country, which is responsible for the Katyn genocide and the Smolensk catastrophe, are shocking.
- As Poles we really expect respect and realistic approach from President Putin, not such shocking words as we have heard. An expert report that identified two explosions on board was ordered by the (Polish) Miller's commissions; it was accepted and never challenged. This information has been hidden from the public, but there is no reason not to talk about this truth - said Minister Macierewicz.
According to the Minister of Defense, this expert report concludes that the plane was destroyed by two explosions. - People who have tried to hide material evidence - Jerzy Miller and members of his commission - must be held criminally responsible for this manipulation. They ordered this expertise, they never challenged it, so they considered it to be valid, "Macierewicz pointed out.
In the opinion of Minister Macierewicz, the Russian investigating commission did not write the truth. - Russians tried to accuse the Polish pilots in an unacceptable manner by lying about it. Mrs. Anodina's (Russian) report cannot be considered as a true report. It contains a lot of falsehood, which was later multiplied by Mr. Miller. It is time for the Russian authorities to return the unlawfully detained wreckage of the plane, unlawfully detained black boxes and all navigational devices. By keeping this key evidence they try to avoid responsibility and obstruct the investigation of this tragedy - the guest pointed out on Polish Radio 24.
The crash of Smolensk occurred on April 10, 2010. The President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński and all 95 people who accompanied him on the way to Katyn died there. The delegation from Poland was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre whereby about 22 thousand Polish officers were murdered pursuant to Joseph Stalin extermination decree of March 5, 1940. Already seven years have passed since the Smolensk tragedy, and the Russian side did not return to Poland the wreckage of the Polish Air Force One, its "black boxes" and navigation devices. Russian investigators do not respond to the requests of Polish prosecutors for legal assistance, and also refused to serve on the controllers of the Smolensk airport a complaint charging them with deliberately bringing about an air disaster.
Remigiusz Mus, the flight engineer on Yak-40 whose landing immediately preceded PLF 101 and whose testimony implicated the Russian flight controllers, died of suicide.
This rounds out the death of the entirety of key witnesses whose testimonies could prove that the flight controllers bore at least partial responsibility for the mysterious crash that killed the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010.
Suicide. So says the Polish Prosecutors office under the administration of Donald Tusk, Bronislaw Komorowski, and the Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) - the people who came out on top following the disaster of Flight PLF 101. The position of the Prosecutors office is that the autopsy indicated death by hanging with no defensive wounds and and alcohol level of one permille (.01%).
General Konstantin Anatolyevich Morev, chief of the Federal Security Services (FSB), successor to KGB, office in Tver, who interviewed the Russian flight controllers, died at the end of August 2011. His body was found in his office. The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from his service revolver. Read more here
"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.
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