Polish President Duda: Smolensk air disaster and aggression against Ukraine complicate relations with Russia

In an interview with PAP news agency which took place on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the plane crash in which Polish President Lech Kaczyński, Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that the Smolensk plane crash and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine are the main causes of complicated Polish and Russian relations.

"These are complicated relations. On the one hand, there is the Smolensk case, the issue of the return of debris that we should think about a lot. But it is not only the problem of the Smolensk tragedy; it is also the problem of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the problem of the Crimea’s occupation, the occupation of parts of the Ukrainian State. These are today’s facts," Duda stated.

He also noted that in relations between eastern neighbors he tries to follow Kaczyński’s policy.

As previously reported, in 2015, Petro Poroshenko called Poland one of Ukraine’s main allies.

  Poland, Russia, Smolensk air crash, War in Ukraine, relations with Russia