The FINANCIAL — WARSAW. Poland's official representative to the CIS Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Edmund Klich is expected to arrive in Moscow on August 16 to obtain documents on the air crash that killed many Polish officials in April, media reported, according to Ria Novosti.
A Soviet-made Tu-154 carrying then President Lech Kaczynski and about 90 officials crashed en route to the western Russian city of Smolensk on April 10, killing everyone on board. The high-ranking delegation was due to attend a memorial ceremony for the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre, in which Soviet secret police killed thousands of Polish military officers.
Russian and Polish investigators and experts have been jointly investigating the causes of the crash.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said August 10 that all documents on the crash Poland expects to obtain from Russia are "ready for handing to Edmund Klich in Moscow."
Following the crash, Poland held early presidential elections, which were narrowly won by Bronislaw Komorowski, a pro-EU, moderate member of the governing Civic Platform party.
Under Kaczynski, Moscow and Warsaw were at odds over a range of historical disputes, but the Russian leadership's sincere reaction to the deadly crash helped improve Russia's image in the eyes of many Poles.
Poland's newly inaugurated President Komorowski opened on Sunday a memorable plaque in Warsaw Military Cathedral to commemorate the victims of the plane crash in western Russia.
The memorable plaque was placed in the cathedral's Katyn chapel. The plaque bears the names of all the people who died in the crash. There is also a box to the left of the plaque with the earth from the site of the plane crash.