Kornel Morawiecki, the leader of Poland’s Freedom and Solidarity (Wolni I Solidarni) party, a satellite of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, has said that Poland should not “make a national relic” out of the wreckage of the Tupolev Tu-154 plane which crashed near Smolensk in Russia in April 2010, killing then Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
“I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the wreckage from the Tupolev Tu-154 plane. We are not going to find out anything about the plane crash anyway,” said Mr Morawiecki in an interview with Polish weekly Do Rzeczy. Mr Morawiecki is the father of the country’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
Despite multiple attempts by the Polish authorities to obtain the wreckage of the plane, the Russian Federation has steadfastly refused, saying that the Tupolev needs to remain in the country due to an ongoing investigation. In its parliamentary election campaign in 2015, Law and Justice pledged that – unlike the previous government – it would recover the wreckage as soon as it took office.
PiS has now been in power since mid-November 2015.