At the 2016 annual press conference in Moscow President Wladimir Putin stated that the return of the wreckage of the Polish Tu-154M that crashed near Smolensk in 2010 is not possible as long as the Russian investigation in this matter continues. Putin also stated that he “personally read” the CVR transcript of the pilots from the Polish Air Force One of President Lech Kaczynski and “a man from security” who enter the cockpit demanded landing despite objections from the crew.
In response to these statements made by President Putin, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted a request to the Russian government to hand over recordings of conversations from the cockpit of Tu-154M, to which President Putting was referring at the conference since the Polish side is not in the possession of such a recording. On 27 December 2016, the Polish embassy in Moscow sent a note in which the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought the immediate release by Russia of records of conversations from the cockpit of the Polish Tu-154M, which took place just before the crash near Smolensk on April 10, 2010, the Polish press agency PAP reported.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that "Poland’s request is in response to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin’s, statement, who during a press conference on December 23, 2016 said that he was personally familiar with the transcript of conversations between the Polish pilots and an anonymous person who pushed for the plane to land regardless of the conditions. The Russian President quoted a statement to the pilot made by a person who was part of the presidential entourage: "I cannot report this to the boss, do what you want, land.” and the pilot response that conditions were not suitable for landing.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that senior representatives of the Russian government had made repeated assurances that the wreckage of the Polish Tu 154 M would be returned immediately.
During an official visit to Warsaw on 6 December 2010, President D. Medvedev promised to return the wreckage before the first anniversary of the Smolensk crash. In 2012 and on later occasions both the Minister of Foreign Affairs S. Lavrov and President of the Federation Council V. Matviyenko made assurances that the Russian investigation into the Smolensk crash would soon be completed. The Russian side has still not fulfilled its promises, stated the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
However, on 23 December at the annual press conference, President Putin said that the return of the wreckage of the plane, which crashed near Smolensk, would not be possible until the Russian Investigative Committee had completed the investigation.
Putin also said that he had "personally read" records of conversations between the pilots of Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s plane and the "security guard” who enter the cockpit and demanded that they land, despite objections of the crew.
Putin stated: “The man who entered the cabin - I forgot his name, demanded that the plane land. The pilot replied: I cannot. It is not possible to land. The presidential guard, who had entered the cabin - said: I cannot tell that to the boss. Do what you want, but land.”
In response to this statement, the Polish Ministry of Defense informed that it had contacted the Russian Authorities and demanded that they immediately provide Poland with the records of conversations from the cockpit of the Tu-154M. According to the Polish Ministry of Defense, the words of the Russian President suggest that the Russian authorities “are in possession of the transcript of conversations between the pilot and passengers, which was never made available to Poland."
“This statement presents a completely false picture of the chain of events that lead to the Smolensk tragedy. From the statements of President Putin it may appear that the transcripts and records were falsified,” wrote the Ministry of Defense.
The Ministry of Defense has requested that Russia provide the records of the conversations from the cockpit of Tu-154M. Where did Putin get these quotes from...? they asked.
The Russian Embassy in Warsaw responded that Russia does not have any previously unknown recordings from the cockpit of Polish Tu-154, which crashed in Smolensk.
At the same time representatives of the Russian Federation assured that there is no need to explain once again why the wreckage is needed by Russian investigators, while the matter remains open," the statement added.
Polish investigators are in no way limited and have never been restricted in their access to the wreckage, they can come to Russia at any time and access it.
There is no basis to allege that Russia is in possession of some new, previously unknown, recordings of conversations in the cockpit, as Poland is now claiming. There are only the MKL (International Aviation Committee) recordings, which the Polish committee had at the time of investigating the crash - wrote the Russian Embassy in a statement posted on its website.
The decrypted conversations of the pilots have been made public more than once, both officially in Poland and by the Polish media. They are easy to find on the Internet. It is not something new - the communiqué stated.
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Smolensk Spectrometer Screen Dumps
Click on the thumbnails below to view screen dumps from the detectors used to examine the wreckage and seats from the Polish president's plane crash in Smolensk. An "X" denotes the presence of the detected explosive substance and its type. The underlined Polish word "Probka" or "probka" in the screen dump 1 and 2, means "Sample"
Why did they all fly on the same plane?
Synopsis: January 12, 2013, Toronto, Canada. The wife of the late Deputy-Minister of Culture Tomasz Merta: "What I am about to tell you now, are suspicions - and not even my own - but, rather the [suspicions of the] individuals in the inner-circles of the [Polish] military... I heard a statement that was made - but, I am not taking any responsibility for how credible, or not credible it is. [I heard that] had the generals and journalists' not been re-assigned to different aircraft, it wouldn't have been the Tupolev [Tu-154M], but rather the Casa [transport aircraft] that would have been taken out.
Because the Generals were no longer onboard the Casa, there was no reason for it to get airborne. And for this reason it was the Yak[-40] that flew off to Smolensk. This Casa [transport aircraft] was never examined in any way. It was not subject to any examination. Aside from a single note in the deposition given to the military, no one was interested why this aircraft didn't fly [to Smolensk]. Perhaps, this is someones crazy phantasy, but perhaps it isn't.
Some [Polish] military personnel had suggested, that it [the Casa] had to stay behind at the Okecie military [tarmack], so that the explosives could be removed from it - because they were no longer needed [...] I am only repeating what I was told."
"Disarming" Explosives ...
It is worth for us to retrace the entire process of "disarming" the case of explosive substances at the crash site. It all started with the publication of Cezary Gmyz in "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012, and information that the detectors, which were used by experts in Smolensk (in late September and October) showed traces of TNT and nitroglycerine.
As it turned out, the journalist was also reporting about the indication of Hexogen. The storm broke. The prosecution denied the publication, and ultimately, the editor-in-chief of "Rzeczpospolita," Cezary Gmyz and two other journalists lost their jobs. The entire editorial staff of one of Poland’s most popular weeklies, "Uważam Rze", was also silenced.
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