Britain To Investigate Whether Russia Assassinated Poland’s President

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British defense scientists will join an investigation into what caused the Polish presidential plane to crash in Russia in 2010.

President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other passengers were killed when the plane went down under unknown circumstances. Poland suggests the crash was “an act of Russian aggression” and it is now searching for evidence that supports the theory, Radio Poland reports.

The government has contracted British Ministry of Defense’s Forensic Explosives Laboratory to search for traces of TNT explosives on the wreckage.

“The Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL) has agreed to a request from the Polish authorities to provide explosive trace analysis in relation to the Smolensk air disaster,” an MOD spokesman told The Telegraph.

The crash has contributed to frosty relations between Poland and Russia in recent years. Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw is the leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, which insists Russia was somehow involved in the crash. The investigative committee has been in place since the party came to power in 2015 without finding convincing evidence.

Russia denies any involvement but refuses to return remains of the aircraft for “legal reasons.”

Kaczynski’s wife, Poland’s central bank chief, several members of parliament and most senior military figures also died in the crash.

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