Russia says its investigation into the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski will have to be finished before the wreckage can go to Warsaw.
Moscow also expressed surprise at the Polish government asking for help on issue from the EU, after a formal request was submitted to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has met Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski meeting in the Russian capitalin Moscow to discuss bilateral relations.
The two states will work together to build a memorial commemorating the accident.
However, the wreckage will only be taken to Poland only when the Russian probe is over, according to Lavrov, who said: “There cannot be any artificial deadlines in this case. The investigation should be completed first, and only after this, will the material evidence will be handed over. That’s our law and we can’t change it.”
There have been conspiracy theories and accusations since the accident that killed Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others in Smolensk in April 2010.