The prime ministers of Poland and Russia, shared a symbolic embrace at the scene of the plane crash in the Russian city of Smolensk in which the then President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski and 95 others died.
In the ensuing 15 months relations between Warsaw and Moscow deteriorated. A Russian report in January blamed Poland. On Friday the Polish commission outlined its findings. It ruled out the many conspiracy theories.
“The commission’s findings do not support any of the radical and politically driven conspiracy theories. On the one hand it excludes assassination as the cause but on the other, it includes areas which were not in the Russian commissions findings,” said Poland’s Prime Minister, Donald Tusk
A small group of protesters refused to accept the words of their prime minister, continuing to point the finger at Moscow.
A member of the Russian panel of experts said they do accept the Polish report which blamed Polish pilot error along with failings among Russian ground staff and equipment at Smolensk airport.
The plane was a military flight and within hours of publication Poland’s Minister of Defence, Bogdan Klich resigned.
Its hoped Friday’s events will bring a close to questions surrounding the doomed flight.