Russia will not extradite to Poland the air traffic controllers accused of the crash near Smolensk
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Russia will not extradite to Poland the air traffic controllers accused of the crash near Smolensk

18 September , 09:18Politics
Moscow in any case will not hand over the air traffic controllers to Warsaw within the case of the Polish government plane crash in Smolensk, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president.

“This is impossible under our legislation”, - Peskov explained.

He added that the Polish initiative to arrest dispatchers in the Kremlin reacted negatively.

“I don’t know if 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”, - the president's press secretary stressed.

Meanwhile, the Federation Council said that Warsaw's accusations against the Russian air traffic controllers who worked at the Smolensk airport on the day of the disaster were "insignificant".

- Since, from a legal point of view, such claims are insignificant, a reaction from the Russian side is simply not required. As for the essence of what is happening, I would describe it in one word - fuss, - said the head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachyov.

He clarified that the "fuss" is not taking place between the two countries, but inside Poland, "where the authorities and the opposition are trying to use the theme of the tragic death for their own internal political purposes".

- And Russian-Polish relations are being held hostage by this situation. This causes the deepest regret, - quotes RBC as saying Kosachyov.

He pointed out that the situation with the crash of the investigation liner is "absolutely thorough", and there is no doubt that it was caused by erroneous actions of the aircraft crew and pressure from the "high-ranking passenger".

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Warsaw's demands a performance.

Recall that the first investigation group under the State Prosecutor's Office of Poland filed a petition with the District Court of the Warsaw-Mokotov region for the temporary arrest of three dispatchers on duty at the Smolensk-Severny airport on April 10, 2010.

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