Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Ukraine welcomes ‘constructive’ talks over plane crash with Tehran

Ukraine says the first round of talks between Kiev and Tehran about the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran was constructive, but it was too early to say how much compensation Iran would agree to pay.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday that talks with an Iranian delegation on Thursday were constructive but it was too early to say how much compensation Tehran would agree to pay.

“The talks ended late last night. The talks lasted 11 hours. In general, they were constructive,” Kuleba said after meeting with the Iranian diplomats.

“There is agreement and understanding that the most transparent and unbiased investigation by Iran is needed,” he added.

He also said that Kiev will take the case to international courts if the negotiations are unsuccessful.

With 167 passengers and nine crewmembers on board, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed outside Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 8, moments after takeoff.

Iranian authorities acknowledged that the plane had been downed due to human error at a time when Iran’s air defenses were on high alert due to increased hostile American aerial activity in the aftermath of the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

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