Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will consider a draft resolution at the session in October, the draft calls Russia to return the wreckage of the aircraft of former Poland President Lech Kaczyński groundlessly held for eight years in Smolensk. Arkadiusz Mularczyk, MP of Polish Parliament from ruling party PiS claimed this, Onet.pl reports.
'This is a very important event from the political and legal points of view. For the first time, an international authority, I hope will call Russia to return the aircraft,' Mularczyk stressed.
He added, Poland would use this resolution in other international institutions, in particular, in NATO and UN.
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.
The discussion on the draft resolution to take place on October 8-12, 2018
As it was reported, 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.