The Guardian: Kremlin denies ‘unfounded’ claim it caused Polish president’s plane crash

(The Guardian) – Russian government spokesman says ‘unfounded and biased’ claim by Poland’s defence minister Antoni Macierewicz has nothing to do with true circumstances.

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The Kremlin has criticised Poland’s defence minister for suggesting that the 2010 plane crash that killed the president was an act of terrorism perpetrated by Russia.

Official investigations by Poland and Russia have determined that the crash that killed Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other top officials was an accident caused by the error of pilots trying to land in heavy fog.

Defence minister Antoni Macierewicz has long suggested the crash, which took place near Smolensk, Russia, could have been an assassination, but his weekend comments were unusually strong and seemed to target Moscow.

“What happened near Smolensk was aimed at depriving Poland of its leadership, which was on a path of leading our nation to independence,” Macierewicz said in a lecture at a Catholic university in the city of Torun.

“We were the first victims of terrorism in the 1930s, and through Smolensk, we can say that we were also the first major victim of terrorism in a modern conflict, which is unfolding before our eyes,” Macierewicz said.

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