Ukraine to demand compensation if downing of its plane in Iran proved – Foreign Ministry

The minister says the victims’ families will get insurance payments and support from the state.

Minister Prystaiko / Photo from UNIAN

Minister Prystaiko / Photo from UNIAN

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko says that the Ukrainian side will demand that those guilty be held liable and financial compensation be paid if it is proved that a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane was shot down in Iran.

“Of course, if we prove that the plane was downed, we will demand not only prosecution, but also compensation.

But it’s too early to talk about it,” he said at a briefing, the media outlet hromadske reported. “In any case, insurance companies and our state will provide all support, including financial assistance,” he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Kyiv-bound UIA flight PS752 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday, January 8. It was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members on board.

Two passengers and the crew members were Ukrainians. There were also 82 citizens of Iran, 63 citizens of Canada, 10 citizens of Sweden, four citizens of Afghanistan, three citizens of Germany and the United Kingdom each. There were no survivors.

The causes behind the tragedy are being established by the Iranian side with the involvement, if agreed, of law enforcement units and competent authorities of other countries.

Ukrainian experts have also arrived in Iran. On January 9, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that there is information that could indicate that the Canadian side has evidence, including intelligence data, about a possible missile attack on the Ukrainian plane.

(C)UNIAN 2020

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