Comment by the Information and Press Department on Polish assessments of bilateral cooperation in investigating the Smolensk crash

Friday, 25 May 2018 13:50

Polish media have published critical statements by officials regarding cooperation with Russia, which is allegedly sabotaging requests for legal assistance as part of the investigation into the plane crash that killed the president of Poland outside Smolensk on April 10, 2010. On this we would like to say the following.

The Russian General Prosecutor’s Office duly examines requests for legal assistance made by the Polish National Prosecutor’s Office related to this investigation. The questions in them are thoroughly studied in accordance with Russia’s international legal responsibilities. Of course, this does not mean that our Polish colleagues will automatically receive positive responses to everything they are interested in.

It is evident that Poland is still looking for malign intent in Russia’s actions, and is creating an impression at home that Moscow is deliberately interfering with the investigation into the “true” causes of the plane crash, despite the fact that the circumstances surrounding the tragedy have already been established and made public.

We consider all the accusations groundless and call for an end to allegations that impede the usual joint work of the two countries’ responsible agencies.

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