April 3, 2017 / 6:16 PM / 8 months ago

Russia says Poland's air crash accusations will harm ties - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s foreign ministry on Monday said Poland’s comments blaming Russian air traffic controllers for a 2010 plane crash that killed the then Polish president, were aimed at “settling political scores”, the RIA Novosti agency reported.

People walk in front of a giant picture of late Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who died six years ago when a Polish government plane crashed in Smolensk, Russia, hanging on a building in the centre of Warsaw, Poland April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

Poland earlier in the day said it would press charges against two controllers for deliberately contributing to the crash which also killed 95 other people near Russia’s Smolensk region.

RIA quoted the ministry as saying the comments would harm Russian-Polish ties which “even otherwise were not in the best of shape”.

“Even though the situation is completely transparent, Polish authorities continue to exploit the tragedy for settling political scores,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quoted as saying.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; writing by Sujata Rao

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