Sep 17, 2020
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The Kremlin commented on Poland’s intention to arrest Russian dispatchers

Moscow reacted negatively to Warsaw's intention to arrest the air traffic controllers who worked at the Smolensk airport during the plane crash of Polish President Lech Kaczynski. This was stated by the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov.

Thus, he answered the question whether any contacts took place because of such a decision by Poland and how the Russian side assesses it.

I don’t know whether there were any contacts or any legal actions in accordance with international practice, whether our Prosecutor General’s Office or the investigating authorities received appeals from Warsaw, we do not know about this yet. In general, conceptually, answering the second part of your question, I will say this, we treat negatively, - quotes Peskova RIA Novosti.

The reason for Peskov's comment was a statement by the press secretary of the General Prosecutor's Office of Poland, Ewa Bialik. She said that Warsaw intends to initiate the procedure for the arrest of air traffic controllers working at the Smolensk airfield in 2010 at the moment when the Kaczynski plane crashed.

If the court decides to arrest the Russians, they will be put on the international wanted list with a subsequent demand to extradite them to the Polish authorities.

On Thursday, an investigation team at the Polish state prosecutor's office filed a petition with a district court in the Warsaw district of Mokotów for the temporary arrest of three dispatchers who were on duty at the Smolensk-Severny airport on the day of the crash of the Tu-154M government plane on April 10, 2010.

Polish plane Tu-154 with a government delegation on board crashed on April 10, 2010 near Smolensk. The plane crash killed 96 people: 8 crew members and 88 passengers who flew to the ceremony of the anniversary of the Katyn massacre. Among them were Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife.

As wrote, the General Prosecutor's Office of Poland told Russian journalists the names of air traffic controllers who worked at the Smolensk-Severny airfield on the day of the crash of the Polish government plane Tu-154M on April 10, 2010.

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