Poland asks EU to pressure Moscow for Smolensk wreckage
December 11, 2012
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said Monday he asked EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to formally raise the issue with Russia next week, at an EU-Russia summit in Brussels, concerning the return of the wreckage of the plane that crashed in Russia in 2010, killing President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
Since then Russia has failed to return the wreckage. Sikorski said he raised the issue last week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov but did not get any information from him on when the wreckage might be returned.
Tu-154 plane carrying a delegation of senior Polish officials, who were going to a memorial for thousands of Polish officers killed by Soviet secret police in 1940 in Katyn, crashed in a thick fog near Smolensk, western Russia.
Polish investigators have blamed the accident on difficult weather condition and mistakes made by the Polish pilots and Russian air traffic controllers.