Poland’s prime minister has criticised the Russian report into the Smolensk plane crash, saying it is incomplete.
President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and more than 90 other senior Polish officials all perished in the disaster.
Although, premier Donald Tusk admitted the Polish side bore the main responsibility for the accident, he insisted Warsaw required more talks with Moscow because of the incomplete nature of the Russian aviation committee’s findings.
Their report put the blame for last year’s crash squarely on the plane’s Polish pilots and said they had come under psychological pressure to land from officials on board.
However, Ewa Blasik, the widow of Poland’s Air Force commander at the time who died in the crash said: ‘‘The arguments of the committee about the role of my husband are a repeat of the propaganda by Russian authorities one hour after the catastrophe when it was obvious that there was no evidence for this.’‘
The disaster led to widespread mourning in Poland. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president branded the report a ‘joke’, while Warsaw has said infrastructure at Smolensk airport may have contributed to the crash.