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Russia refuses to extradite air traffic controllers to Poland in Tu-154 crash case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Dmitry Medvedev believes that the Polish authorities, due to this demand, pursue immoral purposes – “once more consolidate their electorate on the ground of the boorish anti-Russian prejudice
16:01, 18 September 2020

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Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev stated the impossibility of extradition of the Russian citizens to Poland within the case of a Tu-154 crash on the demand of Warsaw, as RBC reported.

“It is clear that arrest or extradition of the Russian citizens is impossible. The Polish authorities should stop the sick and tired speculations on catastrophe,” Medvedev said.

Related: Poland intended to demand return of Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft wreckage from PACE

He believes that due to this demand, the Polish authorities pursue immoral purposes – “once more consolidate their electorate on the ground of the boorish anti-Russian prejudice”.

Medvedev underlined that the reason for the crash was determined.

Earlier, the prosecutor’s office of Poland initiated a temporary arrest of the Russian air traffic controllers who worked at Smolensk Airport during the crash of a Tu-154 flight with President Lech Kaczyński aboard.

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

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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