Defence Ministry Communique
In connection with a misleading public statement issued by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Poland, we would like to remind that during a press conference in the presence of 1,400 journalists from around the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that "as concerns the disaster, everything is already clear (...) The person who stepped into the cockpit, I forgot his name, demanded the landing. The pilot answered: “I can't. Landing is impossible.” A man from the President’s circle, the same person who came into the cockpit, said: “I cannot report this to the chief. Do what you want to, but land."
The Defence Ministry states that the Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Disasters (KBWLLP), which examined and is further investigating the disaster, never received any recording or transcript of conversation from the cockpit that contains such wording. This means that either the Russian side has misled the KBWLLP, passing on forged transcripts and recordings, or that Russian President Vladimir Putin, for reasons known only to himself, is misleading world public opinion, contrary to facts, in an attempt to shift responsibility for the Smoleńsk tragedy onto the Polish President and the Polish pilots.
This offends the basic principles of international coexistence and suggests that the Russian side does not want to release basic evidence, including the “black boxes” and wreckage of the aircraft, for fear that an objective study will reveal the actual perpetrators of the disaster.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence