Russia arrests Polish reporters at plane wreckage

The three were detained for entering twice onto restricted military grounds.

Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 09:01 AM IST

Warsaw: Poland`s Foreign Ministry says Russia has arrested three Polish journalists at the site of a plane crash where President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others died in April.

Ministry spokesman Marcin Bosak says the three were detained on Friday by the Russian Army for entering twice onto restricted military grounds, and are being questioned.

The incident threatens to raise tensions between Poland and Russia, Slavic neighbours that have had difficult relations since Poland broke away from Moscow`s sphere two decades ago to chart a Western course.

An official at the Polish embassy in Moscow, Pawel Koc, called the matter "serious".

The all-news station TVN24 said one of its reporters was among those arrested, and that the group had been observing and filming the wreckage.