Russia holds firm in Smolensk wreckage controversy
PR dla Zagranicy
The Russian government does not foresee the wreckage of the Tu-154M that crashed in Smolensk, western Russia in April 2010 being returned to Poland in the immediate future.
The wreckage of the presidential plane in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
“[Russia’s] position in the case of the airplane wreckage is well known and has not changed,” spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, has said.
“There is an ongoing investigation, [the wreckage] is evidence,” Zakharova added.
“We are not hiding anything from our Polish colleagues, we are ready to discuss this issue again and answer all questions,” the spokeswoman said.
Polish and Russian deputy foreign ministers are to discuss a Polish initiative regarding the Smolensk airplane catastrophe in Moscow on 22 January.
Other topics on the agenda will include political relations and economic partnership.
On 10 April, 2010 the Tu-154M carrying the Polish president Lech Kaczyński to commemorate the WWII Katyn massacre crashed at 8:41 am local time at Smolensk's military airport in thick fog, killing all 96 on board. Many prominent officials, including public figures in Poland and figureheads from the Polish diaspora, lost their lives in the disaster. (ua/nh/pk)