Crucial part omitted from Kaczynski crash report – Polish MP
12 Jan, 2011 15:04
Pawel Zalewski, a Polish member of the European Parliament stated that 95 per sent of the information presented by the Interstate Aviation Committee was not new to the people of Poland and its experts.
“We were not surprised,” he said “There were two sides, on the Polish side there were organizers and those who conducted the flight, including pilots. There were also those who are responsible for a secure landing in Smolensk-SevernyAirport, namely the air-traffic controllers. We’ve got the information and analysis about the Polish side and we haven’t got anything about the air controllers’ behavior. So one part of the question is so far unanswered.”Mr. Zalewsky believes that both countries, which were united in the grief over this tragedy, will be able to move forward in their relations once all the questions are answered. “We will search for the truth and we will ask all the questions,” said Zalewski.Another observer maintains the main issue is establishing the truth rather than finger-pointing.Anton Bespalov from the Voice of Russia radio station says that this report is not about who is to blame for the accident. “It tells us what happened and why it happened. The official Warsaw is trying to find out whose share of the blame was bigger and [this] report is not supposed to say that. There will be further investigations made by both sides and we have to expect some statements from Polish officials in the nearest future,” he said. He also believes that the current improvement of ties between Russia and Poland is a valuable asset for both sides and is unlikely to be sacrificed. “[The] Prime Minister and President of Poland are under hard pressure from the right wing and they have to maneuver to show that they are not making too many concessions to Russia and will try to choose their own vision of the air crash, including trying to find the share of the blame of the Russian air-controllers,” he added. The tidal wave of compassion that followed the tragic events of last April was unprecedented in the history of two countries, but Bespalov thinks that those emotions could disappear quite easily. “Hard politics remain and the fundamentals of the Russian-Polish relations have remained the same. Possibly the moment of warmest feelings between two governments has passed, but it doesn’t mean that relations are going to deteriorate, because there are ways to meet halfway even on this investigation,” Bespalov says.The investigative committee has presented its final report on the accident which killed Polish leader Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. The findings were delivered at a press conference held in Moscow Tuesday.