Poland calls for Russia to return plane crash wreckage

5th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Poland's ambassador to Russia on Wednesday called for Moscow to return as soon as possible the wreckage of its presidential plane that crashed in April last year.

"We expect the plane wreckage will be returned to Poland when it is no longer needed by the investigation. Our position is that this should happen as soon as possible," ambassador Wojciech Zajaczkowski told the Interfax news agency in an interview published Wednesday.

Polish president Lech Kaczynski died with 95 others when his presidential jet crashed on April 10, 2010, as it attempted to land in fog near the city of Smolensk in northwestern Russia.

Kaczynski was travelling to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of a massacre of around 22,000 captured Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during World War II at Katyn near Smolensk.

Poland has sharply criticised Russia's handling of the crash probe, with Prime Minister Donald Tusk saying last year that the investigation's preliminary findings were unacceptable and riddled with errors.

Russia has stressed that it is handing over full information to Poland and has made efforts to be open to the media. It handed Warsaw an initial 200-page report of its findings in October.

© 2011 AFP

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