Russia Stalls the Return of the Polish Air Force One Wreckage
SCND: January 28, 2016
The Air Force One Wreckage will return to Poland once we agree on the cause of the crash - says Russia.
This is an admission of guilt - responds Poland's Minister of National Defense, Antoni Macierewicz.
During January 22, 2016 conference with Polish delegation in Moscow, the Russians stated that the return of the wreckage of Polish Tupolev that crashed on April 10, 2010 near Smolensk would be possible after the investigation is completed and - after mutual agreement regarding the cause of the crash is reached.
This is a breakthrough and admission by the Russians that their report is far from being truthful - commented Antoni Macierewicz, Chair of the former Smolensk Investigation Parliamentary Committee and Poland's current Minister of National Defense (MON).
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marek Ziolkowski met on January 22, 2016 in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Titov. The meeting focused on the issues surrounding the Smolensk tragedy. Minister Ziolkowski once again requested the return of the wreckage of the Polish aircraft Tu-154M, emphasizing that Warsaw counts on Moscow’s understanding and constructive approach in this important and sensitive to the Polish people matter. According to the Russian side, this will be possible after their investigation is completed - reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Antoni Macierewicz commented on the return of the plane’s wreckage:
- Russian diplomats stated that they would return the plane wreck once the causes of the crash are determined. This is the admission that the cause of he crash is still unexplained.
It’s a peculiar, and yet, very characteristic offer from the Russian side: we would be determining what really happened from the Russian point of view, in negotiations.
The truth will be revealed with thorough research and investigation of what took place - said Macierewicz.
This is an admission by the Russians that their report is not truthful, and this is a breakthrough, he added.
In a sense, this is a breakthrough which I dedicate in part of our media, and to the administration of Mrs. Kopacz and Mister Tusk - said the Minister.
On January 10, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Law and Justice (PiS) spoke about the necessity of getting to the bottom of what caused the plane crash in Smolensk. “We will uncover the truth, regardless of what it is and of how difficult it is,” Kaczynski said.
The latest talks in Moscow lasted five hours. “The talks were constructive. I emphasized our readiness to continue this dialog with the Russian side,” stated Minister Ziolkowski. He invited his Russian counterpart to visit Warsaw in the second half of 2016.
This has been a first meeting at this level since February of 2015.
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