"The goal of Anodina's report was to embarrass Poland!", says Poland's Defense Minister Klich. Interview by Stanislaw Zaryn, W Polityce
Bohdan Klich. PHOTO by KPRM.gov.pl.
Q: While announcing results of its recent findings, the Prosecutors’ Office acknowledged that General Andrzej Błasik was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of his death in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. The lie promoted by [Russian] MAK buckled. Prime Minister Tusk said, however, that Poland does not intend to publicize this fact. Shouldn’t Poland defend General Błasik?
Klich: I can speak only for myself. I absolutely affirm what I already said on January 14, 2011; two days after the MAK report was published. I did not change my mind. I stand one hundred percent behind what I said. [Tatiana] Anodina’s report was a political report, and its goal was to embarrass Poland by discrediting one of the most important commanders of the Polish Armed Forces as a drunkard.
Q: But, this narrative went out to the world.
General Andrzej Błasik. PHOTO by blogmedia24.pl.
Klich: This was, nonetheless, an evidence of MAK discrediting itself. What was intended to deliberately embarrass Poland had in fact embarrassed and discredited madam Anodina and her [Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC; Russian: Межгосударственный авиационный комитет, МАК)] committee. I also said at the time, that the MAK report was an attack on our pilots, as it discarded a number of important objections submitted by our Commission [for the Investigation of Air Accidents]. I stand behind this in its entirety.
Q: For a number of years the MAK’s lies were well and alive in the media around the world. Baseless accusations against the Polish General were being repeated ad nauseam, and yet Poland remained silent …
Klich: What do you mean it was silent? I, myself, as a minister, spoke about it two days after General [Tatiana] Anodina’s presentation. Didn’t I? It was noted by all newspapers in Poland.
Q: After the Polish Prosecutors made this announcement, should Poland not take the necessary steps to make sure that the international public opinion is aware that General Andrzej Błasik had nothing to do with the Smolensk tragedy?
Klich: Mr. Editor, I spoke about it two days later. Two days after this event.
Q: And this puts an end to this issue?
Klich: You are saying that. It is you who says that this is the end of this. This is not the end ...
An interview by Stanisław Żaryn: "Bogdan Klich: The goal of Anodina's report was to embarrass Poland and to discredit Polish Pilots!" April 2, 2014, W Polityce
1. Bogdan Klich, Platforma Obywatelska Senator, and Minister for National Defence in the Republic of PolandPoland from 2007 to 2011.
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