Russian crash report is incomplete: Polish PM

13th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday a Russian report on the April air crash in Russia which killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski was incomplete and needed Polish input.

"From the Polish point of view this is not a complete report," Tusk told reporters in Warsaw a day after officials in Russia presented their damning conclusions squarely blaming Polish incompetence for the crash.

"Poland will ask the Russian side for consultations to agree a common version of the report on the causes of the Smolensk catastrophe," Tusk added.

"If the talks with Russia do not result in a joint declaration, it will be possible to call upon international institutions," Tusk added.

He said the crash report presented in Moscow Wednesday was riddled with "procedural faults, mistakes" and that it "unquestionably did not follow all the procedures of the Chicago Convention", a global accord which regulates air-crash probes.

However, Tusk also stressed the Smolensk disaster should not have a negative impact on bilateral relations amid a recent warming between Warsaw and its Soviet-era master Moscow.

"This tragic catastrophe was not and does not have to be a blow to good Polish-Russian relations," he added.

Russian investigators on Wednesday blamed Polish failures for the plane crash that killed Kaczynski, asserting that top officials put pressure on the inexperienced pilots to land in dangerous weather.

Poland's conservative president died with 95 others when his state jet crashed on April 10, 2010, as it attempted to land in thick fog near the city of Smolensk in northwestern Russia, ahead of a high-profile World War II memorial ceremony.

© 2011 AFP

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