In a weird twist, Polish prosecutors at the moment are looking for the arrest of three Russian air site visitors controllers from Smolensk airport. They are accused of intentionally inflicting the crash that killed ex-President Lech Kaczynski in 2010.
Investigators have “applied to the district court of the Warsaw-Mokotow region with a motion for the temporary arrest” of the three males, Ewa Bialik, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office, informed reporters on Wednesday.
“The charges brought against the air traffic controllers relate to the deliberate provocation of a plane crash that resulted in the death of many people,” she added.
Kaczynski and his spouse had been among the many 96 on board the Polish Air Force Tu-154M that crashed exterior Smolensk, in Western Russia, on April 10, 2010, whereas trying to land in thick fog. The journey was a part of an outreach to Warsaw by then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Initial investigations by each Polish and Russian officers discovered no technical drawback with the plane, and blamed pilot error.
At the time, Polish authorities discovered severe points with the group and requirements of the Air Force unit concerned, which was subsequently disbanded.
However, the president’s twin brother Jaroslaw has insisted ever since that the crash was attributable to some form of Russian perfidy. Polish and worldwide investigations haven’t discovered any proof supporting his assertions.
Nevertheless, his claims appears to have gained traction in Polish public opinion, as a survey printed earlier this 12 months confirmed 44 p.c of Poles thought of the airplane crash the main “current issue” standing between Warsaw and Moscow. The state of affairs barely registers in Russia itself, given how Poland barely registers on Moscow’s modern listing of priorities.
While he holds no elected workplace in the mean time, Jaroslaw Kaczynski chairs the ruling ultra-nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) celebration, which has been in energy since 2015. The present expenses in opposition to Russian air site visitors controllers are primarily based on a declare by Polish investigators from 2018 that traces of explosives had been discovered within the wreckage. However, no such proof was discovered in the course of the authentic probe, nor within the soil samples collected on the time.
The Smolensk crash was a large blow to makes an attempt at patching up Polish-Russian relations. Kaczynski was speculated to attend a commemoration of the Soviet killing of Polish troopers in Katyn Forest throughout WWII.
Under PiS rule, Poland has repeatedly clashed with Russia on the diplomatic degree, whereas urging fellow NATO states to completely station troops on its territory. However, Warsaw has additionally fought quite a few political battles with the EU, which has objected to PiS insurance policies that conflicted with values formally embraced by Brussels.
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