Russia vows to answer Polish concerns about crash probe

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Russia said Friday it was prepared to answer any questions Poland might have after its prime minister rejected the findings of a Moscow probe into a plane crash that killed president Lech Kaczynski.

"The most important thing is not to politicise the situation," Interfax quoted foreign ministry spokesman Alexei Sazonov as saying.

"Of course we will provide answers that the Polish side has for the Russian experts," he was quoted as telling Moscow Echo radio.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday that "some of the conclusions of this report are unjustified.

"I'm not saying they are false, but they are not confirmed by tests," Tusk said on the Polish rolling news station TVN24.

In October, Russia said that it had established the causes of the April 10 plane tragedy in Smolensk, northwestern Russia, that killed Kaczynski and 95 other Poles.

Russian investigators handed their Polish opposite numbers their 200-page report on October 20, and said they would not publish the findings until Poland commented.

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