Friday, December 8, 2023

Iran paying reparations to families of Ukrainian plane crash victims

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement regarding measures the Islamic Republic has taken to appease the families of people who died in the Ukrainian plane crash over Tehran in early 2020.

The statement says following the tragic crash, Iran, in good faith and in a bid to dispel misunderstandings, made every effort to appropriately interact with Ukraine on various aspects of the accident.

It also said in addition to several meetings and contacts with Ukrainian officials, the delegations of the two sides held three rounds of talks over all technical, military, legal and criminal aspects of the air crash.

According to the Foreign Ministry statement, the Iranian delegation briefed the Ukrainian side on all its findings and made efforts to give necessary answers to the Ukrainian delegation’s questions.

The Foreign Ministry also says Iran called for negotiations with the Ukrainian airline, and the first round of talks was held on June 30, 2021.

Meanwhile, the statement says Iranian judicial authorities have put those responsible for the plane crash on trial and the first court hearing was held on November 21, 2021. According to the statement, the court hearings will continue until justice is administered.

The Foreign Ministry also says, to appease the families of the victims, Iran has set a figure as payment to the families of all victims regardless of their nationality.

It added that a large number of families have already been paid and legal measures are being taken to pay the rest. Iran has also told Ukraine, Canada, Afghanistan and Sweden, whose citizens are among the victims, Tehran’s ready to pay the families of their citizens killed in the accident.

The Foreign Ministry added iد its statement that it believes all aspects of the Ukrainian plane crash have been adequately addressed.

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