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33956Re: Smolensk airport told too late about Flight 101?

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  • Laurence
    Aug 1 6:09 AM
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      Russia did not invite Lech Kaczynski to attend the Katyn memorial services. Therefore, Lech Kaczynski had to apply for an entry visa to enter Russia. Lech Kaczynski applied for a visa just a few days before his planned trip to Katyn. Poland thus filed flight plans much too late. Piotr Paszkowski provided misleading information.

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      --- In GaliciaPoland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com, Danuta Janina Wójcik <sandlily@...> wrote:
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      > Smolensk airport told too late about Flight 101?
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      > 31.07.2010 12:13
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      > According to media reports, as late as 8 April the authorities at Smolensk North airport did not have full documentation concerning the presidential flight that was to arrive two days later.
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      > “The airport in Smolensk does not know anything about the consent for the plane carrying the president to land,” head of the Russia department at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dariusz Gorczynski warned in an e-mail to the Polish ambassador in Moscow on 8 April.
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      > Spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Foreign affairs, Piotr Paszkowski has admitted that the Ministry was aware that the airport had not received authorisation for Flight 101 to land in Smolensk.
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      > According to pilot instructor Dariusz Szpineta, the lack of a landing authorisation code could have meant the airport may not have allowed for the landing of the presidential Tupolev.
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      > Unofficial comments to come out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs blame the Russian side for not going ahead with the flight authorisation in a timely fashion, as Moscow was alerted to both Smolensk flights, on 7 and 10 April over two weeks previously, on 22 March.
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      > On 25 March, the Polish group preparing the ceremony at Katyn, to mark the 70th anniversary of the murder of over 20,000 Polish officers by the NKVD, was in Moscow and provided a passenger list of Flight 101 to Russian authorities.
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      > “The Russians assured us then, that on both 7 and 10 April the airport in Smolensk would be made available for the landing of Polish planes,” Ministry spokesman Piotr Paszkowski concludes. (jb)
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      > http://www.thenews.pl/international/artykul136752_smolensk-airport-told-too-late-about-flight-101.html
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      > Source: Rzeczpospolita
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