12:44 Oct. 20, 2016
Macierewicz: What Putin said to Tusk on the day of 2010 Presidential plane crash goes against Russian and Polish reports
Warsaw has a recording of a conversation between Russian and Polish Prime Minister at the time Vladimir Putin and Donald Tusk, that took place just hours after the crash of Poland's Presidential plane in Smolensk on April 10, 2010.
The conversation contradicts the official reports, made later by Moscow and Warsaw, Polish Defense Minister says, according to Radio Poland.
‘Macierewicz told the Gazeta Polska weekly that Putin presented a version of events which "was inconsistent with" later reports by Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee, and by Poland's former Interior Minister Jerzy Miller', the article says.
Mr. Miller was the head of a commission, investigating the crash.
Macierewicz said that in the meeting between Tusk and Putin just hours after the crash, ‘there is not one word about a birch tree, and about the plane turning over on its back' - theories which were quoted in the official Polish report.
The Polish Minister also claimed that Tusk had never told anyone about the meeting.
The governing Law and Justice (PiS) party has opened a new commission to find out what led to the crash as the Polish presidential plane was attempting to land at the Smolensk military airport.
All 96 people on board, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski, were killed in the disaster.