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Poland demands from Russia to return wreckages of Tu-154M crashed near Smolensk

Polish statement is the response to the statements of the spokesperson of Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, according to her, the wreckages of the plane “cannot be returned to Poland in the future
15:53, 12 April 2019

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Poland demands from Russia to return the debris of Tu-154M, which crashed not far from Smolensk on April 10, 2010 as Polske Radio reported citing Foreign Ministry.

“The debris of Tu-154M, which crashed not far from Smolensk, is the property of the Republic of Poland. Poland waits for their return as soon as possible,” the message said.

It is reported that the statement of Polish Foreign Ministry is the response to the statements of the spokesperson of Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, according to her, the wreckages of the plane “cannot be returned to Poland in the future, as the criminal proceeding held by the Investigative Committee of Russia on Smolensk tragedy is not over”.

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Zakharova added that the debris of the plane is the material proof in this case and it means that its return to Poland is impossible.

Poland stated that it perceived the position of the Russian Federation with surprise.

As it was reported earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will consider a draft resolution which calls Russia to return the wreckage of the aircraft of former Polish President Lech Kaczyński groundlessly held for eight years in Smolensk.

Related: Poland re-examines Kaczynski plane wreckage in Smolensk

The draft resolution reads that in accordance with the Annex 13 of Chicago Convention, every country where a plane crash took place has to return the wreckage of the plane and all material values to the country it belongs after the completion of the investigation. The investigation in Russia was completed in 2011 when the report of the Interstate Aviation Committee on the accident circumstances was published.  

On April 10, 2010, a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the city of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board. Among the deceased was the-then President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria, many Polish top-rank officials and relatives of the 1940 Katyn massacre victims. The Polish side suspects that Russian flight dispatchers could be behind the catastrophe. Russia, on the other hand, insists that the airliner crashed due to the pilot’s error as the plane was landing amidst the thick fog.

 

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